Monitoring  excessive usage? A water meter in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Oireachtas committee on water charges is divided on plans to prosecute householders who waste water. The draft report for committee members propos(...)

Water committee: its key test will be whether its recommendations will be in keeping with the EU  water framework directive.  Photograph: Ian Waldie/Bloomberg

Twenty Oireachtas members will sit on the committee examining the future of water charges. The committee, which will be chaired by Independent Senato(...)

Solar panels at the Les Mees solar power plant in southern France. A  Cork company was granted permission for a 32-acre solar power plant without any prior consultation with the local residents. File photograph: Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty Images

A community group in Co Cork is calling on the Government to develop national planning guidelines for large-scale solar developments after a company w(...)

The Data Protection Commissioner is to review the level of personal detail sought by Irish Water on its payment forms for customers.

The Data Protection Commissioner is to review the level of personal detail Irish Water proposed to seek from householders for payment of the water cha(...)

Bríd Smith (second from right) at a water charges protest during the local election campaign with fellow People Before Profit candidates Paul Shields,  Kim O’Donnell and Andrew Keegan. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Every householder will be asked to provide their bank account details, their PPS numbers and the PPS numbers of any children living with them to Irish(...)

Ofgem, the UK energy markets regulator, has appointed Irishman Dermot Nolan as chief executive. Photo: Bloomberg

Ofgem, the UK energy markets regulator, has appointed Irishman Dermot Nolan as chief executive.Mr Nolan will replace Andrew Wright when he takes up th(...)