Independent TD Mattie McGrath. Mr McGrath has claimed that Irish Water is a ‘wild animal’ and that the Government has rejected legislation that would ‘tame the beast’. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The Government has rejected legislation that aims to “tame the beast of Irish Water”, Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said. Mr McGrath described t(...)

The Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly will tell his Cabinet colleagues 75,000 homes have had lead detected in their pipes by Irish Water. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A Government strategy to deal with lead contamination drinking water is expected to be agreed at today’s Cabinet meeting. Minister for the Environment(...)

Earlier this week the Commission for Energy Regulation gave the green light to Panda Power to become the fifth supplier of domestic electricity in the Republic. Photograph: Getty Images

A recycling company called after a Chinese bear has entered the electricity market promising to supply only green energy to Irish consumers at a disco(...)

Panda plans to invest €40m in “phase one” of its energy rollout, and has promised to supply green electricity produced from renewable energy sources. Photograph: Getty Images

An electricity price war is set to be sparked by waste management company Panda which is entering the energy market and offering a discounted tariff t(...)

Classical economics was built around the notion that people’s behaviour responds to prices in a way that makes markets work. While price does influenc(...)

The  Joint Oireachtas Committee for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources heard 45 contractors have been prosecuted since 2009.

Almost 100,000 illegal gas boilers were installed over the last five years due to lax energy regulations, according to a group of heating industry sta(...)

Current regulatory focus on encouraging consumers to save money by switching energy suppliers is not working for those in energy poverty. Photograph: PA

Households experiencing energy poverty are less likely to shop around for energy suppliers, a Government consultation paper on energy affordability ha(...)

A new report by Irish gas and electricity supplier Vayu Energy shows that consistently strong supplies and reduced demand across Europe have caused the Republic’s wholesale gas prices to fall 30 per cent year on year. Photograph: Sean Yong/Reuters

Irish consumers could benefit by more than €400 a year if energy companies passed on dramatic falls in both oil and gas prices on international market(...)

Irish Water says the  changes announced last November “have had no net impact Irish Water’s total income”.   Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney

The Government and Irish Water have both expressed strong confidence that the new water utility will pass the “market test” in April that upholds its (...)

The price of a barrel of oil has hovered at the $58 mark this week, the lowest level for crude since May 2009, sparking price cuts in gas  rates. Photograph: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Irish consumers look set to be the winners from an energy price war after two of the smaller utilities offering domestic electricity and gas announc(...)