Ruth Coppinger TD:  said it was “absolutely ludicrous” to suggest there was a consensus in the House against privatisation of water services. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Controversial water charges legislation that has convulsed the State for more than a year, has been passed in the Dáil by 81 votes to 58. The Water S(...)

Brian Crowley: has been confined to Cork University Hospital due to ill health

The news this week that Ireland has the worst voting record in the European Union in terms of participation at the plenary session of the European Par(...)

Joe Higgins (right) said he expected tens of thousands of people to participate in the march, which he believed could have a “material impact” on  water charges, the austerity agenda and the durability of the Government 0:55

The Government is again insisting the real test of its revised water charges package remains the amount of people who sign up with Irish Water rather (...)

Socialist Party TDs (from left) Ruth Coppinger TD, Paul Murphy TD and Joe Higgins TD. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

An anti-water charge protest in Dublin on Wednesday will highlight that the Government’s “trickery” in offering concessions to the public has not work(...)

Richard Boyd Barrett of People Before Profit said ‘The Irish Times’ poll reflected the reality that people had rejected Alan Kelly’s so-called concessions on water charges. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Right 2 Water campaign has predicted tens of thousands of people will take to the streets of Dublin on December 10th to protest against water char(...)

Protesters: a demonstrator argues with a Garda outside Mansion House in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It’s Wednesday afternoon in court 14 at the Criminal Courts of Justice, on Parkgate Street in Dublin, and a motion is being adjourned until Monday. Th(...)

 Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly at a press conference in Government Buildings outlining revised water charges. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times 1:58

Households will face an “absolute maximum net cost” of slightly more than €3 a week for water, Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said. He to(...)

 Socialist Party TDs say that the Government has missed the point of the anti-water charges protests by offering concessions on costs. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

The Government has missed the point of recent anti-water charge protests by offering concessions, as the public is opposed to Irish Water charges as a(...)

Breaking windscreens, slashing tyres and throwing bricks at gardaí is not “peaceful protest”, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said in the Dáil.

Breaking windscreens, slashing tyres and throwing bricks at gardaí is not “peaceful protest”, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said in the (...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The eve of the crucial Cabinet meeting today to approve a simpler and less expensive water charge system was dominated by sharp disputes about tactics(...)