Irish Water has announced a boost in the number of customer service agents at the Cork-based company Abtran, with 750 agents available to take calls from the public as the billing commences. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Irish Water bills will begin arriving at customers’ homes from Wednesday as the utility begins charging for water usage over the past three months. Cu(...)

Joe Duffy:  only really starts to sound relaxed again on Wednesday, as Liveline resumes its role as the nation’s outlet for gripes about contemporary life.  Photo:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

The air may be distressingly thick with cases of murdered women, but as Joe Duffy discusses the long unsolved female homicide, he sounds positively ch(...)

Right 2 Water campaigner Brendan Ogle: The group would publish an alternative water policy in the coming week that would eliminate bills. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Some 30,000 leaks have been found during the first water meter reading cycle, according to Irish Water. The national water utility says the leaks a(...)

Irish Water: “A full clean-up is under way and relevant agencies will be notified.” Photograph: Getty Images

Irish Water has confirmed that a chemical spill of fluoride occurred at a water treatment plant in Bennettsbridge, Co Kilkenny on Monday afternoon.A s(...)

Elizabeth Arnett: “Landlord and tenants can confirm details at any time.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Landlords, including local authorities, have been warned that they have just weeks to contact Irish Water with the names of tenants or they may be hel(...)

Anti-water-charge protesters demonstrating in Dublin on Saturday. There was one arrest during more than 20 protests against water charges aroundthe country. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Just over half of the households expected to pay bills to Irish Water have registered their details with the new utility. The latest figures fr(...)

 Tánaiste  Joan Burton says she is ‘satisfied’ Irish Water will pass Eurostat test. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said she is satisfied that Irish Water will pass the Eurostat market corporation test as an independent company capable of bo(...)

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(...)

The dispute between Uisce Éireann and KC Civil Engineering Ltd concerns a tender for 10km of pipes. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A dispute over an alleged “confusing” and unlawful procedure adopted by Irish Water concerning the awarding of a contract to lay 10km of water pipes h(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton said the time lines on the roll out of water metering had been ‘far more ambitious than has actually been realised’.

The net charge for water will be “modest” and hopefully will be known by the end of this month, Tánaiste Joan Burton has said.Speaking at the opening (...)