Morning top 5: Controversy over water charges report; Russia blocks UN resolution on Syria; FAI reaches agreement in player dispute

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The Water Committee looks set to adopt its final report later - without the support of Fine Gael.

The Government party says it can't support what it's calling a 'fundamentally dishonest' report.

The report calls for the scrapping of water charges, makes no reference to excessive charges and recommends refunds for householders.

All attention now turns to Minister Simon Coveney who says he won't introduce illegal legislation - but a refusal to legislate for what the committee recommends is a breach of the agreement with Fianna Fáil.


The US President Donald Trump has suggested the US may take on a more forceful role in Syria after a devastating chemical weapons attack that killed at least 72 people.

He told a news conference that the attack was an “affront to humanity” that had changed his attitude to the conflict.

He stopped short of saying how he proposed to deal with the crisis.

The Syrian government has denied responsibility for the attack while Russia is objecting to a UN draft resolution to condemn the attack.

Moscow said the resolution was based on “fake” information and was “anti-Syrian.”  


The Football Association of Ireland has claimed that it has reached a deal with the women's national team.

Female players held a press conference this week to complain they weren't being supported financially to play for their country.

The FAI said they have now come to an agreement on all “Issues to be addressed” during mediation talks overnight - but haven't revealed the details.

The players will return to training today, in preparation for their international fixture against Slovakia on Monday at Tallaght Stadium.


Bus Éireann management and unions are back at the talks table this morning.

Negotiations finished up at the Workplace Relations Commission late last night without a solution to their row over cost cutting.

Drivers are continuing to picket at depots during the discussions - which means there're no services for commuters for the 14th day in a row.

Further talks will resume at 9:30am this morning.



Brexit is set to dominate talks between the Taoiseach and the German Chancellor in Berlin today.

Enda Kenny and Angela Merkel are also expected to discuss the future direction of the EU.

Mr Kenny is leading a trade mission which will include meetings with Irish businesses in Germany