Irish Water

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James Reilly, Minister for Children and Leo Varadkar Minister for Health at Crumlin Childrens Hospital to celebrate the decision by an Bord Pleanala to grant permission for the new childrens hospital on a campus shared with St. James’s Hospital. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland reacted quickly enough when the financial crisis hit. You could argue all day about the decisions that were taken. But the point is that the l(...)

Water protest: It would be only a small step after water charges were “suspended” to consider the same for, say, electricity bills, and then to widen the approach to other unpopular levies. Photograph: Eric Luke

As further details have emerged of the negotiations between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to allow the formation of a government and the suspension of wat(...)

Informed sources have estimated the total funds collected on behalf of  Irish Water to date is more than €140 million, with two-thirds of households having paid something. File photograph: Getty Images

The Government will have to find more than €140 million if it is to repay people who have paid water charges. The amount collected by Irish Water to (...)

While Irish Water is to some extent a distraction, it also highlights something more fundamental. Large parts of the public have lost faith in the ability of the “system” to raise money and spend it efficiently. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

There is no getting past Irish Water, it seems. We are told this is now a crunch issue in the talks about whether Fianna Fáil will support a Fine Gael(...)

The Vartry lower reservoir, at Roundwood, Co Wicklow. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Plans have been drawn up to upgrade the 150-year-old water treatment plant at the Vartry reservoir in Co Wicklow, at a cost of up to €200 million. I(...)

Irish Water has been given an extra week to decide how it will plead in a prosecution brought by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over the utility’s failure to ensure sewage waste from a treatment plant did not cause pollution.

Irish Water has been given an extra week to decide how it will plead in a prosecution brought by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over the ut(...)

Legal opinion commissioned by the utility company says the State is required under EU law to keep the contentious regime in place

There is no possibility under European law for the State to suspend or scrap water charges, legal advisers have told Irish Water. Amid a deep politi(...)

Irish Water’s plans to spend a further €300 million on upgrading the State’s largest municipal sewage treatment plant at Ringsend, in Dublin, underlin(...)

The waste water treatment plant at Ringsend: It improved water quality in Dublin Bay substantially but did not meet the EU waste water treatment directive standard.

Twenty years ago, following years of stinking summers and damning European water pollution reports, Dublin Corporation announced plans to end the prac(...)

There has been a steady fall in capital expenditure by the NRA over the course of the economic bust

The Fianna Fáil TD for Galway West, Éamon Ó Cuív, speaking on Newstalk radio over the weekend, suggested that Irish Water could be replaced by a body (...)

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