Minister for Communications Denis Naughten announcing the broadband plan last April.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne

The arrival of broadband won’t transform the rural economy. But without decent broadband connections, rural Ireland cannot thrive. Unblocking the dela(...)

Minister for the Environment Denis Naughten. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Government reached agreement with Fianna Fáil last night on a new system of waste charges, paving the way for a pay-by-weight regime to be extende(...)

The majority of the 80,000-plus domestic households in Cork county pay by weight or for each lift of a wheelie-bin by a waste collector

The abolition of flat-rate charges for refuse across the State will have little impact in many parts of the country because they are already covered b(...)

The Government’s acceptance of the need for a “watchdog” to monitor charges under the new waste collection system is welcome. It is a step in the righ(...)

31 of the 53 waste operators in the State collect only in their home county. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

The majority of counties have between three and four domestic bin collection companies operating in their areas, although it is rare in most places fo(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: said the Government acknowledged there was a concern about a massive hike in charges under the new waste charges system.  Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

The Government is to set up a “pricing watchdog monitoring unit” to provide monthly reports on a new system of waste charges, Minister for Environment(...)

The Labour Party has warned that the new system would open the door for ‘price gouging’ by waste companies. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The proposed new regime for bin charges will introduced gradually over a 15-month period, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said on Tuesday. The pay-by-weight (...)

Denis Naughten: Doesn’t expect the first homes to be connected until at least 2019. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fresh doubts have emerged about the delivery of the National Broadband Plan (NBP) following another apparent shift in the Government’s timeline for de(...)

Broadband network being installed. The National Broadband Plan  to equip 542,000 rural homes and businesses with high-speed broadband has been beset with problems and delays. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten has signalled a further delay to the National Broadband Plan (NBP), which was first promised in 2012, by at(...)

Refuse collectors working in Lucan in Dublin.  Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins.

Dublin City Council has called on the Government not to implement the ban on flat-rate bin charges and to establish a national regulator for the waste(...)