Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said a “seismic” process is under way at Irish Water to delete all Personal Public Service numbers supplied to it. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A “seismic” process is under way at Irish Water to delete all Personal Public Service (PPS) numbers supplied to the company, Minister for the Environm(...)

Minister for Social Protection, Tánaiste Joan Burton. Staff at her department vigorously opposed the handing over of PPS numbers – particularly of children – to Irish Water. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Staff at the Department of Social Protection vigorously opposed the handing over of PPS numbers – particularly of children – to Irish Water, it has em(...)

Tánaiste and Minister Joan Burton: publicly she and other ministers were insisting the PPS data would only be used by Irish Water to validate allowances but behind the scenes there was concern. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/Irish Times

The Department of Social Protection warned Irish Water at their very first meeting that child benefit details could not be reliably used for the purpo(...)

More than one third of TDs have been missing for each vote on the controversial legislation to implement changes to the water charges regime.During tw(...)

Irish Water appears to have shown no pro-active interest in contacting the department: it wasn’t until September 18th that John Tierney, chief executive of Irish Water, wrote to secretary general, Niamh O’Donoghue. Photograph: Eric Luke

The testy tone of some exchanges between Department of Social Protection officials and Irish Water about what officials said was the utility’s failure(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly was repeatedly asked to clarify the precise cost of billing each household annually for water charges. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A call was made in the Dáil to suspend proceedings on the water charges legislation because it could not be confirmed whether there would be a net in(...)

Twelve years ago nobody wanted to hear groups such as Focus Ireland, Simon or Threshold complaining. The country was in the upward spiral of a boom. Who needed to listen?

It seems to me that the true heroes at Christmas are the men and women who live in B&Bs and hotels but who make something special of the day for t(...)

Former Waterford Crystal workers and their representatives are due great credit for their persistence in the face of the indifference of successive governments to their plight. Photograph: Eric Luke

It was the ultimate blue-chip investment, a must in every sensible Irish portfolio. But even its storied history and the marketing genius of Anthon(...)

The primary function of the Gardaí assigned to the Special Investigation Unit will be to look at allegations of social welfare fraud and initiate investigations where necessary. Photograph: Alan Betson

Suspected social welfare fraud is to be targeted with the secondment of 20 gardaí to the Department of Social Protection’s Special Investigation Unit.(...)

 Former Waterford Crystal workers at a rally about their pension entitlements, outside Leinster House in Dublin in July last year. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Cabinet is expected to consider proposals on Tuesday for a pension deal for former workers at Waterford Crystal.The proposed deal, drawn up by Lab(...)