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FF water paper: Refunds, no charges, no new meters -

Fianna Fáil has said excessive water usage can be identified and curbed by using existing water framework and the use of district water meters. In its policy paper submission to the Oireachtas Future Funding of Domestic Water Services Committee, the ...and more »

Coveney rules out water plan contravening EU directives -

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Simon Coveney has said that he will not introduce water legislation that contravenes European Union directives and exposes Ireland to large fines. Half of those on the Oireachtas committee looking at ...and more »

FF TD Cowen says water row 'could bring down Government' -

Fianna Fáil's Barry Cowen has said if the Government does not abide by the 'confidence and supply' agreement with his party on the issue of water charges, it could bring down the Government. It comes after Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and ...and more »

Fianna Fáil reverts to the worst kind of populist politics - Irish Times

Fianna Fáil's cynical approach to water charges has demonstrated that the party is unfit for government for the foreseeable future. The espousal of “new politics” over the past year had helped to rehabilitate Fianna Fáil's reputation but by lining up ...and more »

The new politics: 10 changes it has brought to the Oireachtas - Irish Times

The 32nd Dáil is very different from any of the parliament's previous iterations. Much of the change stemmed from last year's inconclusive general election result, which left the State with a minority administration and forced major changes to how the ...and more »

Fine Gael is in Government but Fianna Fáil is in power - Irish Times

Fine Gael may have been convulsed by a leadership crisis and the timeline for Enda Kenny's departure, but the feeling, even among his critics in the party, is that the issue has been parked for now. He and wrested back control of the issue with what a ...and more »

Noel Whelan: Fianna Fáil are wrong on water charges - Irish Times

The Government has always had reason to beware the Ides of this March. It was inevitable that the issue of water charges would re-emerge to endanger its survival in the coming weeks. In May last year Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael negotiators, having spent ...and more »

'Irish Times' poll: Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil almost level - Irish Times

Support for Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil is almost equal while Sinn Féin has shown some gains since December, according to the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll. The poll shows that despite the political controversies of recent weeks, which ...and more »

Water charges Q&A: Will I get my money back? - Irish Times

After the general elecion last year water charges were suspended until April 1st 2017, giving time for the government to decide the best course of action for the ill-fated utility. This week, a Dáil committee will meet to examine the future of water ...and more »

People who paid water charges likely to be repaid in full - Irish Times

A full refund for people who paid their water charges is to be recommended by the Dáil committee that is examining the future of water service funding in the State. The group of 20 TDs is to meet on Tuesday and on Wednesday to agree the contents of its ...and more »