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Joe McHugh: ‘I’d be fluent at this stage. I do all my business through Irish and do live interviews in Irish.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister of State for the Gaeltacht Joe McHugh goes back to school today. Previously a summer school student in Glencolmcille, Co Donegal, with langua(...)

Fianna Fáil housing spokesman Barry Cowen  (left) has insisted water charges would not be imposed on the majority of the population. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The majority of people will not pay water charges under an agreement reached between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, parking the contentious issue that has(...)

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney said he would consult with the Attorney General before proceeding.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

A report by an Oireachtas committee which will clear the way for the ending of domestic water charges in the State has been approved by a majority of (...)

Micheál Martin: We are slightly concerned that the leadership situation in Fine Gael is affecting this. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has claimed Minister for Housing Simon Coveney’s leadership ambitions are affecting his ability to resolve the water(...)

An Oireachtas committee is to hear legal opinion stating the 2007 Water Services Act must be radically overhauled to meet the European Water Framework Directive.

Existing legislation will need to be amended to bring in fines for householders who waste water if the State is to avoid breaching European laws, the (...)

Fianna Fáil believes amending the 2007 Water Services Act, which allows fines for wasting water, could be used to prevent wastage

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are likely to differ sharply on Tuesday when an Oireachtas committee considers the legality under EU law of imposing fines f(...)

Worker installs a water meter:   expert group made no recommendation on whether water-metering should be continued. Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennells

The expert group charged with examining the future funding of Irish water services reached a unanimous conclusion that its recommendations would not b(...)

Barry Cowen, Fianna Fáil’s spokesman with responsibility for water charges, said it had not been “scientifically proven” charges were the best way of discouraging excessive use.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Different methods of encouraging water conservation apart from applying charges on customers need to be examined by the Oireachtas committee examining(...)

Pádraig Ó Céidigh: we need to empower a government of whatever hue to take and execute decisions which are in the long -term best interests of our country. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

I really value the vocational aspect of the Seanad and rightly or wrongly I saw the Seanad as being a place where I could give something back, a place(...)

 Senators before the first sitting of the 25th Seanad at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Eleven Independent Senators marked the first day of the 25th Seanad on Wednesday by sponsoring a Bill which would result in substantial reform of the (...)

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