Eoghan Murphy

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“The Minister has requested Ervia to prepare a plan for separation which ensures that momentum is not lost.” Photograph: Frank Miller

The Government has urged the semi-State utility company Ervia to prepare a plan for the separation of its Irish Water division in a way that does not (...)

Photographic Genius Award: Fianna Fail’s Waterford TD Mary Butler got 31 colleagues, mostly TDs, to pose together for a photograph on Merrion Square to signal support for the No campaign in the abortion referendum. Photograph: Fianna Fáil

Politician of the season Simon Harris won plaudits from all sides of the Yes campaign for his handling of the abortion referendum campaign. The Mini(...)

Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy has been nominated as chairwoman of the Referendum Commission  set up to oversee the upcoming referendum on proposals aimed at removing a constitutional provision which outlaws blasphemy. File photograph: Alan Betson

A referendum commission has been set up to oversee the upcoming referendum on proposals aimed at removing a constitutional provision which outlaws bla(...)

The detailed plan to deal with the  housing crisis, “Rebuilding Ireland”, proved long on ambition but came up short on achievement. File photograph: Getty Images

The Government’s inability to tackle the housing crisis is a damning indictment of its competence and raises questions about whether it has the necess(...)

The plan, which was launched by former minister for housing Simon Coveney, aimed to eliminate homelessness and to rapidly increase the supply of housing, most particularly social housing, by 2021. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

It was billed as ambitious and imaginative in its reach, and radical in its approach but, two years on, has the Government’s plan to end the housing c(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton and Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy make their way back from Derrynane beach in Kerry following a Cabinet meeting in Derrynane House. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Closeted in a snug-fitting room for nearly six hours on a very hot day with no break for lunch, incessant talking and a sun-drenched beach winking at (...)

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar heads  a Cabinet meeting at Derrynane House in Kerry. Health overspending is on track to be well over €500 million for 2018.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The implementation of the long-mooted plan to transform the health service over a decade will be made more difficult because of the high level of spen(...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy will  update the Cabinet on the National Regeneration and Development Agency (NRDA), a key element of the Government’s Project Ireland 2040 infrastructure plan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The release of State lands for the development of homes will be aimed at driving down the cost of housing in key areas of cities across Ireland, Minis(...)

Even with Government measures such as the Rebuilding Ireland programme, a shortage of houses is “one of the most prominent risks and challenges facing the country”. File photograph: Getty Images

The housing crisis is likely to last for the “foreseeable future” and will have a major impact on economic growth and Irish society, a Government repo(...)

Eoghan Murphy: he has received advice from the Attorney General  on potential wording for a referendum on enshrining public ownership of water services in the Constitution.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Irish Water is to be separated from Ervia and established as a single national utility to operate the State’s water services. The proposals, which we(...)

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