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A file image of  two Northern fishing boats seized by the Naval Service for fishing in an exclusion zone off the State’s coast. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Lawyers for fishermen who won a Supreme Court case over access by Northern Ireland vessels to Irish waters have written to President Michael D Higgins(...)

The EU has agreed to ban some single-use plastics in an effort to cut marine pollution. File photograph: AP Photo/Matt Dunham

After months of intense negotiations, the EU has agreed to ban some single-use plastics, including disposable cutlery, plates and straws, in an effort(...)

A man lifts plastic at a makeshift recyling facility at Payatas district, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines.  Photograph: Dondi Tawatao/Reuters

Delivering urgent change in curbing use of plastics “will require real political leadership at national and EU level”, according to Minister for Commu(...)

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(...)

Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella has written to the Oireachtas committee examining the future of water services. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The European Commission has urged the Government to charge for excessive and wasteful use of water through the metering programme. Environment Comm(...)

An anti-water charges protest in Dublin last year. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The expert commission which looked at the issue of water funding was not conducting its work in laboratory conditions. Comprised as it was of professi(...)

Simon Coveney said the debate in Ireland over water charges had been contentious.

The European Commission wrote to the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Simon Coveney to offer “legal clarification” on whether Irela(...)

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney said the European Commission had been consistent on its position on water charges. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The European Commission has stressed a derogation offered to Ireland in relation to water charges has ended. Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella m(...)

Joe O’Toole: forced to resign this week after a series of controversial interviews. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A former head of the Labour Court, Kevin Duffy, is to chair the expert commission examining water charges. Minister for Housing Simon Coveney is to (...)

 Minister for Local Government Simon Coveney: “There are lots of things we can do to create acceptance across Ireland in terms of managing and paying for water appropriately. We now have a process that is about to begin to make that happen.” File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Government will use the nine-month suspension of water charges to try to “create acceptance” among citizens as to how best to pay for water, Minis(...)

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