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(...)

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 (...)

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(...)