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(...)

Profit at Tynagh Energy, the multinational-backed power generator that is receiving a €66 million subsidy from electricity consumers, soared to €40 m(...)

Above: Filter tanks in the Liffey Works Water Treatment Plant in Ballymore Eustace. Below (left to right): former minister for environment Phil Hogan, Irish Water director John Tierney, and Minister for Environment Alan Kelly. Photographs: The Irish Times.

From Fianna Fáill’s abolishment of water charges in 1978, through to Minister Alan Kelly’s revised package today, here’s a brief history of water cha(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly with Irish Water chief John Tierney at the Ringsend water treatment plant. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The substantial recasting of the Coalition’s water charges plan is a clear indication of how potent the issue is politically, and how much of a danger(...)

Lower charges for families are understood to apply until metering, and the moves are designed to allay political anxiety about households who feared they would have to pay €800 or €900 annually. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 2:43

The Government is considering measures to ensure the total water charges bill for families with adult children comes in well below the maximum €424 t(...)

The first bills will now be issued to households at the end of January next year, four weeks later than originally planned.

The first bills from Irish Water will arrive at homes at the end rather than beginning of January after the utility company was granted an extension t(...)

A person who lives alone would pay €175.68 after their free allowance, or €43.92 every three months, while two adults sharing would pay €278.16, or €69.54 per quarter

The Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) will announce tomorrow if Irish Water is to receive an extension to the period households have to registe(...)

The Coalition is considering extending the period during which households will pay an effective fixed rate water charge to allow for the further installation of water meters

The Coalition is considering extending the period during which households will pay an effective fixed rate water charge to allow for the further insta(...)

The chairman of the Commission for Energy Regulation, which regulates Irish Water, is appearing before the Oireachtas Committee on the Environment this afternoon to discuss water charges.

The arrival of the first bills from Irish Water could be delayed by up to one month if the Commission for Energy Regulation grants the company an exte(...)

When asked last night if Taoiseach Enda Kenny had confidence in John Tierney and the senior management team at Irish Water, Mr Kenny’s spokesman would only say: “The issue of Irish Water will be discussed at Cabinet.” Photograph:  Colm Mahady/Fennells

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said this morning he is not aware of any plans to alter the senior management team at Irish Water. Arriving at Gov(...)