Your Morning Headlines – 02/03/2016

Good Morning.

Here are the morning headlines.

1.Irish Water

The abolition of Irish Water could cost the State up to 7 billion euro over the next five years, according to internal estimates by the company.

With Ireland’s water and sewerage infrastructure costing well over 500 million euro a year, the issue will have a crucial impact on the incoming government’s budget.

The costs have been estimated at about 100 million euro, and would involve paying off staff and breaking contracts, and transferring back the property put into Irish Water ownership.

Writer – Hannah Moran

2.Election of Ceann Comhairle

TDs hoping to be elected to the position of ceann comhairle will begin canvassing over the coming days ahead of the first meeting of the 32nd Dáil next week.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny announced the election of  ceann comhairle by secret ballot of all TDs as part of Dáil reforms earlier this year.

Outgoing Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett has said he is not seeking to return to the position.

Writer – Hannah Moran

3.Missing Person Found

A fifteen year old who had been missing since January has been found safe and well today.

The teenage boy had last been seen at Church Street, Kanturk in county Cork on the 21st of January.

A missing person alert had been issued by Gardaí the following day but today it was confirmed that he had been found.

Writer – Aisling Loughlin

4.Virtual Viewing

Irish property firm Sherry Fitzgerald has announced plans to launch Europe’s first virtual property viewing platform.

The new platform was developed by an environmental artist and gives viewers the chance to check out a house without ever having to step inside.

This new technology comes after tech giants such as Google and Microsoft make billion dollar investments into what is shaping up to be the next big consumer technology.

Writer – Aisling Loughlin


RENUA Ireland’s Lucinda Creighton entered the RDS Simmonscourt to a strange chorus of both cheers and boos yesterday

“You should have stayed in the party,” one heckler shouted as she entered to survey how things were panning out in the Dublin Bay South constituency.

She spoke to reporters and assured them that she was “philosophical” about politics, as it was clear that retaining her seat was very uncertain.

Writer – Roisin Conlon