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The €33.4 million the utility company collected in the first quarter of this year was down almost a quarter on the figure for the last three months of 2015

Bills for Irish Water are dropping through the doors of very confused customers this week. Yesterday the utility released figures showing that the amo(...)

Minister of State for Disability Finian McGrath. ‘Imagine going to ask the AG if you should obey the law. It appears that he got the predictable answer and will pay his bill.’ File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

When you’re in a hole, it’s best to stop digging. But on water charges our politicians just keep on going. Here is the latest position. 1. We are tol(...)

 ‘In November 2015, Irish Water announced that John Tierney (above) would be stepping down as managing director at the end of April 2016. Who is Irish Water’s managing director now?’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

One of the most controversial aspects of the Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael deal is the treatment of Irish Water. While Irish Water will not be abolished, unde(...)

Legislation to suspend water charges will be introduced within six weeks of the new government coming to power

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil may plead that their talks covered more than Irish Water and the controversial water charges. However, reading the document (...)

Micheal Martin, leader of Fianna Fáil and Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Of course, the document on the deal between the two parties contains the usual “motherhood and apple pie” which Irish government agreements can never avoid.

The deal between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil will, we must presume, provide the key details of the next government’s programme. This could change a bit(...)

James Reilly, Minister for Children and Leo Varadkar Minister for Health at Crumlin Childrens Hospital to celebrate the decision by an Bord Pleanala to grant permission for the new childrens hospital on a campus shared with St. James’s Hospital. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland reacted quickly enough when the financial crisis hit. You could argue all day about the decisions that were taken. But the point is that the l(...)

Water protest: It would be only a small step after water charges were “suspended” to consider the same for, say, electricity bills, and then to widen the approach to other unpopular levies. Photograph: Eric Luke

As further details have emerged of the negotiations between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to allow the formation of a government and the suspension of wat(...)

Informed sources have estimated the total funds collected on behalf of  Irish Water to date is more than €140 million, with two-thirds of households having paid something. File photograph: Getty Images

The Government will have to find more than €140 million if it is to repay people who have paid water charges. The amount collected by Irish Water to (...)

While Irish Water is to some extent a distraction, it also highlights something more fundamental. Large parts of the public have lost faith in the ability of the “system” to raise money and spend it efficiently. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

There is no getting past Irish Water, it seems. We are told this is now a crunch issue in the talks about whether Fianna Fáil will support a Fine Gael(...)

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(...)

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