Irish Water

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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 (...)

Options open to Irish Water, should the crisis continue, include extending  restrictions beyond the current Level Two measure in place. Photograph: Frank Miller

With “very little rain forecast” for the forecastable future, Irish Water met with the State’s emergency management planners to discuss whether furthe(...)

Low water level at Blessington Lake. The effect of this extended dry spell are already being felt, particularly in Dublin where supply in some areas has been restricted to little more than a trickle from 10pm to 5am. Photograph: Tom Honan

It has taken a parched country for politicians in Leinster House to wake up to the precarious state of Ireland’s water resources. After one of the lon(...)

Low water levels at Blessington Lake. Photograph: Tom Honan

The days when water charges and the management of Ireland’s deteriorating water infrastructure were the most lethally combustible political issue for (...)

Night-time reductions in the water supply were introduced in the greater Dublin area last night. Photograph: iStock

Politicians from all parties have indicated cautious acceptance for the Government’s decision to separate Irish Water from its parent company Ervia so(...)

Dublin’s Phoenix Park during the prolonged hot, dry spell. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Values will be back in the mid- to high 20s by the weekend, Met Éireann has said. The weather over the next week is set to be dry with some scattere(...)

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(...)

Plumes of smoke billow from the Slieve Bloom mountains as gorse fires continue to burn. Photograph: Tom O'Hanlon

Irish Water’s hosepipe ban is to be extended nationwide on Friday with fewer than 20 domestic users having been reported for water misuse since the me(...)

A water tanker near Vartry Reservoir in Co Wicklow. Photograph:   Niall Carson/PA Wire

Why is it that we cannot seem to get things accomplished unless we are in the midst of a crisis? Things have to be going drastically wrong before the (...)

Come in the water's fresian: Calves on John Tilson’s farm at Gartnaskill, Co Cavan, cool off in the warm weather. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

The vast majority of the country officially enters a state of “absolute drought” today with no rainfall recorded at 24 out of 25 weather stations duri(...)

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