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Irish Water had  reduced the number of people on supply networks requiring remedial action by 200,000, and  removed 20,000 people from long-term “boil water” notices, said Mr Varadkar

Irish Water’s ambitions for the future of public supply will never be quashed despite criticism of the utility, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. In a(...)

Former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave former taoiseach speaking on the occasion of the unveiling of a plaque celebrating the birth of WT Cosgrave in 2013.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

When Liam Cosgrave was born his father was in jail. WT Cosgrave, minister of local government in the underground Dáil administration, had been on the(...)

 River Shannon Protection Alliance member Donal Whelan at Dromineer Harbour on Lough Derg. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Farmers, stud farmers, tourism groups and residents in the Lough Derg area have called on politicians to halt Irish Water’s €1.3 billion plan to pump (...)

An Irish Water pipeline is to be laid underneath lands belonging to local dairy farmers. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish Water’s final proposed route for its €1.2 billion Shannon to Dublin water pipe will affect over 500 landowners, many of them farmers. The 170km(...)

 Parteen Weir on Lough Derg. Oireachtas members will be invited to a presentation on the “final preferred route” from Parteen Basin through Tipperary and Offaly to Peamount in south Dublin. File photograph: Alan Betson

Irish Water is to brief TDs and Senators today on final details of its €1.2 billion project to pipe water from the river Shannon to Dublin and the mi(...)

 Dromineer Harbour on Lough Derg, with boats from Lough Derg Yacht Club. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Pick a river associated with regular flooding and it would seem like the perfect water source for a rapidly expanding capital city. Select an extrac(...)

Parteen Weir on Lough Derg is part of the Shannon water system. Irish Water plans to build a 170 km long pipe from the Parteen basin on the river Shannon to Dublin. Photograph: The Irish Times

Desperate times call for desperate measures, no more so than in Dublin in 1893. A drought that began in March and continued for most of the year promp(...)

Shannon pipeline: Parteen Weir. Photograph: Alan Betson

Tall as a house and with a smile almost as broad as his shoulders, Liam Minehan is a Tipperary farmer well aware he lives in paradise. “Just walk to t(...)

Poulaphouca reservoir before it flows into the Liffey water treatment plant in Ballymore Eustace. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The ESB has warned people keen to cool off in the hot weather of the dangers and “potential serious consequences” of swimming in its reservoirs. It (...)