Morning top 5: Dáil to debate water report; O'Sullivan responses; and Spicer apology

The top stories this Wednesday morning

The Dáil will debate the final report of the water services committee in just one hour and 20 minutes this evening.

A formal vote to end the current charging regime will take place on Thursday.

It is thought Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil will carry it comfortably.

Fianna Fáil's Barry Cowen is adamant his party has delivered on ending water charges.


The Oireachtas Justice Committee will discuss the response of the Garda Commissioner Noirín O'Sullivan to a list of questions it sent her later today.

Ms O'Sullivan was asked provide answers following a previous appearance at the committee, in which she discussed the problems with breath tests and wrongful road traffic convictions.

The committee could decide today to accept her answers or recall her for further questioning.


A Labour Court hearing into the Bus Éireann dispute will resume this morning.

It is day 20 of the strike action with thousands of commuters still facing travel disruption.

Unions say they want the court to look at the issues of rostering changes and consolidated pay - saying they constitute major changes which require some type of reasonable salary.


A minute silence will be held outside the Dáil at lunchtime for those who have lost their lives to cystic fibrosis.

It follow's an announcement yesterday that the ground-breaking drug Orkambi is to be made available to patients from May 1st.

It is seen as good news for around 600 people with cystic fibrosis.


White House spokesman Sean Spicer has provoked outrage by mentioning Hitler while talking about last week's chemical weapons attack in Syria.

Journalists at a briefing pointed out that millions of Jews were killed in concentration camp gas chambers during the Holocaust.

"Frankly, I mistakenly made an inappropriate and insensitive reference to the Holocaust for which, frankly, there's no comparison.

"Obviously, that's not what I wanted to do and especially during this week, I regret using that term.

"I apologise and hope that we continue to focus on the President's decisive action that he took to deal with the situation in Syria."