A protest march against water charges on O’Connell Street, Dublin. The year started off badly for Irish Water and got worse. Photograph: Eric Luke

JANUARY Irish Water’s chief executive, John Tierney, appeared before the Oireachtas environment committee and said his utility would spend (...)

Sinn Féiner of the Year: Party leader Gerry Adams for holding onto his position for 31 years. Photograph: Alan Betson

Politician of the year Independent TD for Kildare Catherine Murphy was on top of the water issue from the outset, pinpointing problems the Governmen(...)

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny with the party’s then director of elections Frank Flannery, in 2008. Photograph: Eric Luke

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said former party strategist Frank Flannery is still a friend of his, despite a bitter parting of the ways earlier this ye(...)

Supersoakers: water-charge protesters make it clear they aren’t for turning.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

They all saw it coming, but one saw it clearer than most – and, politically, lost much more than most. Eamon Gilmore, now a backbench Labour TD for Dú(...)

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This year the winner of Ciarán Hancock’s Christmas Quiz will receive a pair of flights from Dublin to London, courtesy of London City Airport along(...)

Water charge protests stirred up political change.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

No issue comes close to water charges when measuring impact on the fortunes of political parties this year. Before its inception, the Government had f(...)

Part of the water charges protest in Dublin earlier this month. ‘The Government seemed somewhat taken aback by the size of the marches and the depth of anger and disillusionment.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It was the first Dáil sitting of the New Year and an optimistic Enda Kenny couldn’t speak highly enough of the wonder that was soon to be Irish Water.(...)

The  Coalition initially promised it would publish a Bill in 2012 but a series of reviews ordered by former minister Phil Hogan meant the  date was pushed back first to 2013, and then to 2014. Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

The Government will not publish its long-awaited legislation on climate change until the new year. A spokesman at the Department of the Environ(...)

Labour leader Joan Burton: the vote was “a mark of the progress that has taken place in this country in recent years and decades, and indicates the extent to which attitudes to lesbian and gay people have changed”.

The same-sex marriage referendum, as well as the vote to reduce the age for presidential candidates and a pending Dáil byelection, is likely to be hel(...)

At least two referendums will be held in May 2015, the Cabinet decided today.

The Cabinet today agreed that a number of referendums, including one on same-sex marriage , will be held in May next year. The polls expected to be he(...)