Morning top 5: 30,000 households remain without water today; Post-mortem due on body found in Dublin; Funerals to take place in Donegal

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Irish Water is hoping to have water supply to the Drogheda and East Meath areas back to normal by this evening.

The supply has been cut off since Friday due to a burst water main that brings supplies to the Staleen Water Treatment Plant.

30,000 households have been without water over the weekend as a result.

The company said the burst main will now have to be rebuilt from scratch – after three attempts to fix it failed.


The funerals of three Donegal women who died in a crash in County Louth on Friday will take place today.

69 year old Margaret McGonigle, her 39 year old daughter Mairead Mundy and their friend Rachel Cassidy Battles lost their lives in a three car collision near Ardee.

They had been returning from a holiday in Turkey.

Funeral masses will take place today in the Church of Saint Joseph and Saint Conal in Bruckless, county Donegal.


A post mortem examination is due to take place on the body of man found in Dublin yesterday.

The body was recovered from the River Dodder in Rathfarnham by Gardaí and Dublin Fire Brigade at around 10am yesterday morning.

The identity or age of the man is unknown at this stage.

It is believed the results of the post mortem will determine the next stage of the investigation.


The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre is to ask the United Nations to press the Irish Government for faster victim protection.

They will make a submission to the UN Committee against Torture today, claiming the government has been too slow to implement new systems to aid victims of sexual crimes.

As part of their submission, they will point to a slow rollout of Garda Protective Services Units – which specialises in sexual crimes.


A decision is due this morning on the second attempt by French authorities to have Ian Bailey extradited.

He's wanted in France to stand trial for the killing of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, who was beaten to death in west Cork in 1996.

The Supreme Court rejected Frances’s first attempt to extradite Mr Bailey five years ago – on the grounds that there was no actual intention to try him.

Last August however, a decision was made to have him stand trial for the voluntary homicide of Sophie Tuscan du Plantier and a fresh arrest warrant was issued by the French to that effect.