Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin  (centre) with Jim O’Callaghan SC (left) legal advisor and justice spokesperson Niall Collins at Leinster House in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil will enter this election debating whether it wants to be the strongest opposition party in Leinster House or the smaller party in Governme(...)

 Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny who has managed to guide his party through five years of government to come out of the 31st Dáil with almost the same level of support it had going in. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

It’s the smaller party in an outgoing coalition that usually gets the electoral lash but it is very rare for the bigger party to escape without receiv(...)

 Joan Collins TD pictured speaking to media outside Dublin District Court. Photograph:  Collins Courts

United Left TD Joan Collins and 10 co-defendants will face trial in February on public order charges arising out of an anti-Irish Water protes(...)

Roundwood reservoir: Dublin is reliant on infrastructure built in the 1860s to bring its water from Wicklow. Irish Water’s business plan shows that our system is totally unsatisfactory

The major improvement in life expectancy experienced since the early 19th century owes a great deal to the provision of clean water and sewerage syste(...)

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COLIN GLEESON Almost 50,000 people have applied for the water conservation grant without having paid their water bills, an analysis of the figures sho(...)

The Dublin Housing Supply Task Force said there was enough zoned land in the greater Dublin area to meet housing demand for the next six years. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

More State investment is needed in Dublin city than in the other three Dublin local authority areas combined in order to make priority zoned lands us(...)

Almost 100,000 new homes could be built on available zoned land across Dublin, the report states. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

State funding of €165 million is needed to allow the zoned land in Dublin city and county be developed for housing, according to an unpublished Govern(...)

Developers have been given  permission  to build somewhere between 18,000 and 20,000 homes in Dublin

Last year the State’s Housing Agency calculated the number of homes that would be needed in Dublin over a five-year period – a minimum of 37,700, risi(...)

Lead piping excavated from the driveway of a home in Sandymount, Dublin after it ruptured causing a leak. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Homeowners will have to “verify” there are no lead pipes in the internal plumbing in their homes before Irish Water replaces external lead piping. Ir(...)

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 (...)