During a stormy party meeting, backbenchers expressed their anger to Mr Kenny and compared Irish Water to the HSE. The dissent comes as the Government promised to give every household help paying water bills.
But pressure is now intensifying on Irish Water executives. Labour Party TDs also complained to Tanaiste Joan Burton about Irish Water's handling of complaints.
Finance Minister Michael Noonan says he is concerned landlords will drive up rent in response to a decision by their tenants not to pay their bills.
After winning the Budget battle over the income tax rate cut, Taoiseach Enda Kenny pressed home the advantage yesterday by confirming there will be further rate reductions in the coming years, before the general election and beyond.
The Labour Party was veering more towards raising the threshold for entering into the top rate of tax or tax credits.
State agencies and Government Ministers and officials have launched a co-ordinated campaign of letters and phone calls to senior executives of foreign multinationals, to reassure them that Ireland remains a top destination for investment following the budget,
After seven lean budgets, a return to growth has allowed room to manoeuvre. Key elements contributing to this include a rise in employment, a fall in unemployment and a shift towards user charges financing for water.
In assessing the impact on living standards, we take into account the direct tax and welfare package and next year’s water charges.
The full picture is captured by Switch, the ESRI tax-benefit model, drawing on data from more than 4,500 households in the CSO’s Survey on Income and Living Conditions.
Lloyds, which operated in Ireland under the Bank of Scotland/Halifax brands, is understood to have sold the “Project Paris” loan book at a discount, but the scale of the write-down is not clear.
Lloyds withdrew from the Irish market in 2010, and has run down its non-core Irish loan book from about €16 billion in 2009 to €13.4 billion as of June 2014.
In a statement, Lloyds said that the transaction is in line with its strategy of deleveraging its balance sheet and reducing its non-core assets.
Three in five workers are just glad to have a job but half of those working are making no provision for their retirement, a study has found.
Euro Topics: The Euro 2016 qualifying match between Serbia and Albania on Tuesday evening in Belgrade was interrupted after heavy rioting broke out among the players and spectators when a drone carrying the flag of Greater Albania flew over the pitch. Hatred and distrust still dominate in the former Yugoslavia, commentators write, and blame Europe's football association Uefa for ignoring the potential for tensions.
Mutual hatred omnipresent in ex-Yugoslavia: Nationalistic hatred is still rife in the western Balkans, and not just on the football pitch, the liberal daily Jutarnji List laments: "One must concede that the Albanians have achieved an unprecedented level of innovation when it comes to abusing football. However we can also shudder at the explosion of hate the Albanian roar triggered among the Serb fans. But let's be honest: the Croat national player Joe Šimunić tried to provoke just such feelings of hatred after the Croatia-Iceland game [with his fascist salute]. To say nothing of the commonplace chant 'Kill the Serbs' in Croatian stadiums. No one has a monopoly on nationalistic hatred on the territory of the former Yugoslavia. Nationalistic hatred and distrust are what all the nations of the former state have in common, as the last elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina demonstrated in which the nationalist parties triumphed."
Paris and Rome endanger Eurozone economy: Widespread scepticism about the state of the economy caused share prices to plunge on Wednesday. The Spanish share index Ibex dropped by 3.59 percent. France and Italy in particular must take action and introduce economic reforms to prevent the looming recession in the Eurozone, the conservative daily ABC insists: "Apart from Germany, whose problems are a result of the tensions with Russia, and the chronic instability of Greece, the most worrying factor is the paralysis of France and Italy. Despite all the promises their governments still haven't approved effective measures against the crisis. Both countries - the second and third largest economies in the EU - must finally introduce the reforms and adjustment programmes that have helped countries like Spain to weather the recession and regain their competitiveness. At the same time the ECB must deploy all its economic stimulus resources to avoid the feared third recession."
German authorities play down Ebola threat: The EU health ministers will convene today to discuss how to prevent the spread of the life-threatening Ebola virus. But the German authorities are trivialising the problem by pointing to the efficiency of their health system, the liberal German weekly Die Zeit criticises: "What we're seeing in Britain, where potential weaknesses are being publicly identified and [the current emergency] exercises carried out, cannot be called panic-mongering. On the contrary, they sharpen the senses. ... Experience shows that doctors, nurses and attendants sometimes forget the appropriate procedures. People who work in normal hospitals now need refresher courses on how to deal with infectious patients. ... Because time and again things that shouldn't happen do happen. In any event, there's no cause for health chauvinism. What is needed in dealing with the Ebola virus is a little less pride and a little more humility."
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