Lead piping excavated from the driveway of a home in Sandymount, Dublin. The HSE has said health risks from lead are greatest for infants, especially those being bottle-fed, young children and babies in the womb. Photograph: Frank Miller

Irish Water’s proposals to add a chemical to the water supply nationally in an effort to lower lead levels to a safe limit will be open for public co(...)

The move means the charge imposed on each household in the State will fall by 35 cent a month to €5.01, a saving of 70 cent on bi-monthly bills.

Household and business electricity bills will ease marginally from October when the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) cuts its public service cha(...)

Minister for the Environment  Alan Kelly speaking to the media with John Tierney and Elizabeth Arnett of Irish Water. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Since before Irish Water was an apple in Phil Hogan’s eye, it has struggled to keep itself out of hot water and barely a week has passed since the beg(...)

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(...)