Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has said Fianna Fáil would be “off the hook” on the issue of water charges if it allowed a vote in the Dáil on a motion t(...)

Turning Irish Water back into a State agency means it will never be an independent entity and thus its finances will always be fully on the State books. Photograph: Thinkstock

Analysis Cliff Taylor There were two reasons to set up Irish Water, The first was to create a single structure to oversee and coordinate investment (...)

The Vartry lower reservoir, at Roundwood, Co Wicklow. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Plans have been drawn up to upgrade the 150-year-old water treatment plant at the Vartry reservoir in Co Wicklow, at a cost of up to €200 million. I(...)

Changes to the structure of Irish Water and some minor adjustments to the charging system could be considered by Fine Gael as part of negotiations on forming a new government, party sources have said. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Changes to the structure of Irish Water and some minor adjustments to the charging system could be considered by Fine Gael as part of negotiations on (...)

Micheál Martin at the launch of the FIanna Fáil manifesto. Election campaigns are one thing but government is an altogether more serious matter.

Election campaigns are one thing but government is an altogether more serious matter. Not that you would realise it from the somewhat delusional conse(...)

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(...)