Paudie Coffey

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting he would not leave a leadership vacuum. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Enda Kenny has promised there will be an “orderly transition” to the next Fine Gael leader, with the contest to succeed him now expected to begin afte(...)

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney:  said he would not sign or introduce a Bill that brought forward measures he believed to be illegal.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Fine Gael has ruled out facilitating any legislation from Opposition parties to completely abolish water charges. Minister for Housing Simon Coveney(...)

Landlords are not allowed to use Airbnb for the short-term letting of their properties unless they get the proper permissions, the Minister for Housing has confirmed. File photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Landlords are not allowed to use Airbnb for the short-term letting of their properties unless they get planning permission for bed and breakfast or ho(...)

Paudie Coffey, a Waterford-based Fine Gael Senator, has rejected claims that his party is the landlords’ party.

Claims that Fine Gael is the party for landlords have been rejected in the Seanad. Paudie Coffey, a Waterford-based Fine Gael Senator, said the Gover(...)

Water committee: its key test will be whether its recommendations will be in keeping with the EU  water framework directive.  Photograph: Ian Waldie/Bloomberg

Twenty Oireachtas members will sit on the committee examining the future of water charges. The committee, which will be chaired by Independent Senato(...)

Chaired by former Labour Relations chair Kevin Duffy, the commission recommends normal water usage should be paid through general taxation, with a charge for ’wasteful’ usage. Photograph: Ulrich Baumgarten/Getty Images

Fianna Fáil is to consider merging the property tax and water charges in a potential compromise. The Irish Times has learned party leader Micheál Mar(...)

Grace O’Sullivan (Green):  accused the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government of “incompetence” for its late reaction and said it should start with her Bill, not Fianna Fáil’s. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Government has been accused of allowing political expediency to trump its commitment to protect the environment. Senator Lynn Ruane (Independent) (...)

Minister of State John Halligan: a report commissioned at the request of Halligan advises against the expansion of cardiac care services at Waterford hospital. Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

News that services at Waterford hospital could be reduced because of a report commissioned at the request of local TD and Minister of State John Hall(...)

Fine Gael Senator Paudie Coffey criticised the water Bill, which will suspend billing on domestic water charges for nine months. Photograph:  Colin Keegan

A Government Senator has described his own party’s legislation to suspend water charges as a “backward step” and a “classic kick to touch”. Fine Gae(...)

 Fine Gael Senator Paudie Coffey said his party’s water charges Bill was ‘essentially postponing the day’.  Photograph: Sara Freund/The Irish Times

A Government Senator has described his own party’s legislation to suspend water charges as a “backward step” and a “classic kick to touch”. Fine Gael(...)

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