Summer storms for Government

What with growing confusion over the admissibility of evidence at the banking inquiry and technical accounting difficulties at Irish Water, you would (...)

‘Somehow reform is off the agenda and the link between what we spend and how we pay for it is lost.’ Above, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

So let’s fill in the good week/bad week box for the Government. Good week – the latest Central Statistics Office figures show we have the fastest grow(...)

Euro zone inflation was unchanged in July as a further decline of energy prices negated the impact of more expensive industrial goods and services.

Euro zone inflation was unchanged in July as a further decline of energy prices negated the impact of more expensive industrial goods and services, le(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said there was a ‘very good chance’ Irish Water would pass next year’s  Eurostat test  he expected the number of people paying their water charges to rise. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The failure of Eurostat to classify Irish Water as an independent entity, was a “minor setback,” Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said. Speaking (...)

‘The new Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly, the Economic Management Council, and the Cabinet  redesigned the project in a way that stripped Irish Water of all its original justification.’  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Not since Sellafield has a company name seemed as toxic to the Irish public as Irish Water. Even though it deals in a life-giving rather than a life-t(...)

Independent senator Gerard Craughwell said the decision of Eurostat that Irish Water had to remain on the State’s books was a matter of national importance that needed a full public debate. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Opposition parties have backed a campaign by Independent senator Gerard Craughwell to have the Seanad recalled to debate the Irish Water controver(...)

Sinn Féin finance spokesman Pearse Doherty has accused the Government of providing misinformation on the true nature of the Eurostat decision.

Sinn Féin finance spokesman Pearse Doherty has said the detailed decision from Eurostat to the CSO on Irish Water shows the Government has been provid(...)

Minister for the Environment. The EU statistics agency, Eurostat has comprehensively rejected the Government’s case to classify Irish Water as an independent entity. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Eurostat, the EU statistics agency, has comprehensively rejected the Government’s case to classify Irish Water as an independent entity, according to (...)

Cllr James Charity was being lined up to run in the Galway West constituency for Renua but will now revert to running as an Independent. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Renua Ireland has said it will rerun its selection convention for Galway West following the resignation of the party’s high-profile candidate in the c(...)

Protesters at an Anti-Water Charges Rally in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The latest twist in the Irish Water saga is a huge political embarrassment for the Coalition. To make matters worse there is nothing the parties in go(...)