People taking part in a water charges protest in O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government is holding its breath in advance of the issuing of the first water bills next year.With just under half of householders saying they wil(...)

It is understood that the double deduction was linked to the department’s practice of making a double payment of welfare to recipients in the week beginning December 15th and no payment in the current week. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Thousands of welfare recipients have been left out of pocket over Christmas after they were overcharged on local property tax. Around 26,000 people h(...)

Senator Mark Daly: told by his party to support the Government motion. Photograph by Cyril Byrne

Kerry Senator Mark Daly has been expelled from the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party after defying the party whip in a vote on the Water Services Bill e(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton and junior minister Kevin Humphreys have published the Gender Recognition Bill.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Transgender people applying for legal recognition of their acquired gender from the age of 16 will be subject to safeguards to protect those at a vuln(...)

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(...)