The Irish Government is coming under pressure from Europe to introduce water charges.
Gardaí acted proportionately in the majority of water protests last year, the Garda Ombudsman has found.
There have been angry scenes in the Dáil tonight, over a decision to declare dozens of opposition motions on water out of order.
The amount people paying their water bills has almost halved, Irish Water has confirmed.
The Anti-Austerity Alliance has criticised the decision to replace the head of the water charges commission rather than abolishing the commission altogether.
Update 7.29pm: Fianna Fáil has this evening welcomed the decision of Joe O’Toole to step down as Chair of the Expert Commission on Water, but says it does not take pleasure in his departure.
The newly appointed chairman of the expert commission on water charges Joe O’Toole is expected to resign this afternoon.
The chairman of the expert commission on water charges Joe O’Toole has said he finds it extraordinary that left-wing politicians seem to oppose the ‘polluter pays’ principal when it comes to water charges.
There are calls for the head of the Water Commission to step down.
The Minister responsible for water charges has said he does not believe the Oireachtas is acting unlawfully by suspending the charges for nine months.
The Cabinet has approved the legislation to suspend water charges.
The European Commission has shown contempt for the democratic decision of the Irish people on water charges, a TD has claimed.
The former Minister responsible for water bills has said the public either charge for water or face massive fines from Europe.
Sinn Féin has denied that tonight's Dáil motion to abolish water charges is only focussed on embarrassing Fianna Fáil - despite repeatedly accusing the rival party of "flip-flopping" on the issue write Fiachra Ó Cionnaith and Daniel McConnell.
The Dáil is to discuss water charges today amid two conflicting motions on the issue.
Update 4.28pm: Fianna Fáil has said that it will not be supporting a motion by Sinn Féin and other TDs that calls for the immediate scrapping of water charges.
An independent junior minister has said that he is likely to vote against the Government in the Dáil this week.
Enda Kenny should not appoint Independent Alliance TD John Halligan as a Junior Minister if he does not pay his water charges, according to Labour's Alan Kelly.
It has emerged this evening that a newly-appointed junior minister, who had refused to pay his water charges, has now agreed to do so.
A Labour TD says he is prepared to launch a legal challenge to ensure people who have paid their Irish Water bills are refunded.