A free allowance will be available to all households

Cabinet set to discuss water charges

08.32 The Cabinet meets this morning and is expected to discuss, among other issues, water charges with reports that a standing charge of €100 per house will apply.

Pat Rabbitte said he regretted it was not possible to conclude agreement

Midland energy export plan will not go ahead

13 Apr The Government has confirmed that it has failed to conclude an agreement with the UK to facilitate the export of renewable energy from the Midlands to Britain, within the European Union's 2020 time frame.

The highest mortality rates last winter were in northern countries with harsher climates (Pic: EPA)

Bee death rates lower than feared

08 Apr A pioneering European Union survey into the impact of pests and diseases on honey bees has found that death rates were lower than feared.

The draft outlines ways to cut emissions and boost low-carbon energy

UN: Time running out to cut use of fossil fuels

07 Apr World powers are running out of time to slash their use of high-polluting fossil fuels and stay below agreed limits on global warming, a draft UN study to be approved this week shows.

The report aims to pinpoint urban areas in which housing pressure may arise

Estimated 80,000 urban housing units needed

04 Apr A new report from the Housing Agency has projected that a minimum of almost 80,000 residential units are required in urban areas to support the population over the next five years.

People are evacuated after tsunami warning issued (Pic: EPA)

8.2 magnitude earthquake strikes off Chilean coast

02 Apr Thousands of people evacuated from Chile's low-lying coastal areas have returned home after authorities called off a tsunami alarm as damage from a massive overnight earthquake seemed mostly limited.