Morning top 5: Insurance "blame game"; and raw sewage in Irish waterways

The top stories this Thursday morning

There is a "blame game" going on when it comes to the rising cost of car insurance.

An Oireachtas report due out later will reveal the average premium has risen by more than one-third.

Lawyers and insurance companies are being held responsible for the hikes.

But the report could recommend new laws to force firms to reveal details of their claims.

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Raw sewage is still being pumped into Ireland's waterways.

A new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report claims 'significant funding' is needed to treat waste water if we are to avoid pollution and health risks.

Some 29 larges towns and cities around the country have failed to meet EU standards.

While the building of treatment plants in many areas have been delayed by up to two years.

The report suggests the problems are due to a lack of investment in infrastructure, which has dropped by 40%, in the last decade.

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The Policing Authority will meet with the Garda Commissioner in public today.

This afternoon's talks come amid a series of scandals for Noirin O'Sullivan.

Among them is the Garda strike, which was only narrowly averted earlier this month, a row over senior appointments and her use of email.

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Cancer is the cause of one in four deaths in Ireland.

A major conference today will examine the role exercise plays in beating the disease.

Physical activity, overcoming the disease and improving survivors' quality of life will all be discussed at the public talk in Dublin by the Irish Cancer Society.

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Mothers and babies died at two maternity hospitals in Britain because of clinical errors, bad staff attitudes and chronic shortages.

A review has found one woman had a haemorrhage after nurses ignored signs of a lack of oxygen, while a premature baby was left to die alone.

The report on North Manchester General and Royal Oldham hospitals was obtained by the Manchester Evening News - which claims the trust tried to deny its existence.