Water charges

Update 6.47pm: Former Tánaiste Joan Burton has denied that she was “relaxed” in the car in which she was allegedly falsely imprisoned during a water charges protest.

Dáil votes 96 to 48 to abolish water charges, except for 'excessive use'

Water charges have effectively been abolished this afternoon.

Latest: Taoiseach claims will of majority has won out on water charges

Latest: The Taoiseach has claimed the will of the majority has won out on water charges.

Water charges row comes to boiling point;FF threaten to block election of new FG Taoiseach

Latest: The row between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael over water charges is escalating, with Fianna Fáil's Barry Cowen threatening NOT to facilitate the election of a new Fine Gael Taoiseach.

Campaigners to hold protest, urging 'petulant' TDs to scrap water charges

Anti-water charge campaigners will hold a protest in Dublin city centre this afternoon urging politicians to implement an Oireachtas committee report which recommends scrapping water charges.

Latest: Fine Gael call for legal advice on water charge report

Latest: Fine Gael is asking the Oireachtas committee on water to get legal advice on three concerns over its final report.

Water committee's report 'a victory for anti water charge movement': Murphy

Latest: AAA TD for Dublin South West Paul Murphy has said the recommendations made by the water committee are a victory for the anti water charges movement.

Paul Murphy: Campaigners claiming victory on water charges, but Govt may try again

Anti-water charge campaigners are claiming victory in the final report of the water committee to be voted on tomorrow.

Latest: Water charges issue 'a complete and utter farce' says former Minister

Update 11.53am: Former Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly today described the water charges issue as a “complete and utter farce”.

Latest: Fine Gael thinks Ireland will be in breach of EU law after latest water charge vote

The party was defeated 14-6 in a vote to have the water system funded through general taxation.

Doubts over waste water fine proposal

The European Commissioner for the Environment Karmenu Vella has exhibited doubts that a proposal for waste water fines will comply with EU law.

Latest: Fianna Fáil make water charges submission that may end stand-off with Fine Gael

Update - 2.15pm: A deal could be agreed between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to end the stand-off over water charges which this week threatened to topple the minority government.

Latest:Taoiseach insists Government will not support any water charge system that breaks EU laws

LATEST: Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said that his Government will not implement legislation on water charges which is illegal, writes Daniel McConnell.

Latest: Oireachtas committee fails to reach agreement on water charges

Update 4.45pm: A meeting of the Oireachtas committee on water charges has failed to reach agreement about the possibility of scrapping charges entirely.

Right2Water campaign accused of major u-turn

The Right2Water campaign have been accused of doing a major u-turn after it said that those who abuse or waste water should face charges.

Commission for Energy Regulation says water-metering works should be parked

The Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) has said the water-metering programme should be parked, but not abandoned.

Minister proposes free daily water allowance of 123 litres

Adults should be allowed to use 123 litres of water per day free of charge before excess costs apply under a new system, Housing Minister Simon Coveney says.

Water charges issue will not bring down Government, says Taoiseach

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said that water charges will not be the issue to bring down the Government.

What future for water charges? Key committee starts work today

A group of TDs and Senators will today start the process of deciding the future of water charges.

Poll reveals most voters in favour of refunds for those who paid water charges

Nearly three quarters of voters say people who paid water charges should get a refund.