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Meeting of the Joint Committee on the Future Funding of Domestic Water Services last month

Niall O’Connor, on, writes:

Households that “wilfully abuse water or permit wastage” should be prosecuted and have sanctions imposed, according to a draft report being considered by TDs and senators.

The report, seen by, aims to form the basis of a compromise between the main political parties.

…According to the document, circulated to members by committee chairman Pádraig Ó Céidigh, those who waste water should face prosecutions.

The Committee recommends that the Water Services Act 2007 be amended to ensure that those who wilfully abuse water or permit wastage can be prosecuted and that sanctions can be imposed,” the document states.

It also recommends that households that have paid all or some of their bills should be compensated.

Households that ‘wilfully abuse water’ to face prosecutions (


Fianna Fáil TDs Willie O’Dea, Jim O’Callaghan and Michael McGrath this morning

Páraic Gallagher, of Newstalk, tweetz:

Fianna Fáil’s Jim O’Callaghan says the answers for these Garda scandals have not been given and want answers from Tanaiste… The party says it’ll consider options after hearing from Tanaiste today and Commissioner attends committee on Thursday.


Leaders’ Questions begin at 2pm and can be watched live here

Previously: Clarifying Matters

Untold Damage

Evidence Within Reach

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Busarus, Dublin 1 and Broadstone Garage, Dublin 7.

Bus Éireaann workers tend to picket lines during strike action by SIPTU and NBRU objecting to plans by management to impose cuts without union agreement.

Meanwhile, Bus Éireann said:

“Regrettably, today the board could not sign off accounts for 2016, or pass a budget for 2017 in the absence of agreement with staff. This is a very serious matter as the board must now formally advise CIÉ that this governance requirement will not be met.”

Bus Éireann board unable to agree budget for year (Irish Times)


Bus Éireann workers in Waterford explain why they are taking a stand for “decent rural transport.


Thanks Paddy Cole



They’re not very nice.

South William Street, Dublin 2

Fergus McCormack writes:

Tonight’s Crimecall (will feature CCTV of an assault on that took place in Dublin city centre. It shows four men attacking two others on South William Street. The assault took place on 5th November 2016 just after midnight.Anyone with any information is asked to phone Crimecall on 1800 40 50 60.

Crimecall is on tonight on RTÉ One 9.35pm.


This afternoon.

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan, announces her resignation plans to “get to the bottom” of recent scandals and “take appropriate action”.


Earlier: Retaining Confidence


She’s in so much trouble.



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Colm Hanley, of Murray Consultants, writes:

For Christmas, Andrew [Whelan, from Stradbally, Co Laois] got the present of a lifetime from Santa Claus; two tickets to see his football idol Robbie Brady line out for Norwich against Cardiff City. But just days before the game, Robbie completed a transfer to Premier League side Burnley.

Last week, at the team hotel, Robbie surprised Andrew with his own Ireland jersey and gave him #TheCallUp to be a mascot for Republic of Ireland vs Iceland on Tuesday [tomorrow] night.

A clearly shell-shocked Andrew was delighted to meet his hero and is looking forward to the game on Tuesday.

Robbie Brady named Ireland captain with Martin O’Neill set to blood new caps (RTE)