Morning top 5: Irish Water repeatedly warned over pipe condition; 25% admit texting while driving; Alphabet announces large profits

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50,000 households in Louth and Meath are waking up without water for a fifth day today.

A new section of pipe is due to arrive in Drogheda tomorrow after the water main for the region burst last Friday - however supply isn't expected to be restored until later this week.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that Irish Water had been repeatedly warned about the condition of the pipe – which was also broken in June last year.

The company has warned that other areas could experience similar outages given the age of the pipe network nationally.


New research shows more than a quarter of Irish motorists admit to texting while behind the wheel.

A survey commissioned by Aviva Insurance shows 26% of drivers admit to texting at the wheel, 45% make phone calls without a hands free kit, and 15% check their social media.

It also found that a shocking 84% of drivers admit using some form of electronic device while driving.

Aviva spokesperson Michael Bannon said it is “astonishing” to find that so many drivers are taking such risks.


Gardaí investigating the murder of a father of three in Dublin earlier this month have launched an appeal to taxi drivers working in the Swords area the morning he died.

Investigators believe two drivers working that morning may have information that could help the inquiry.

One of the taxis dropped two men and two women on North Street in the early hours of Sunday July 16th - near where the father of three was found fatally injured.

A second driver meanwhile is believed to have picked up a man on nearby Main Street just before 3am that morning.


Israel's prime minister says metal detectors at the entrance to a holy site in Jerusalem will be replaced with less obtrusive surveillance.

The government has voted to scrap the gates at the shrine, known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount.

They were installed after two police guards were shot dead from inside the compound earlier this month.

The site is at the heart of the conflict in the area.


Alphabet, the parent company of Google, has reported massive quarterly profits – despite the huge fine imposed on it last month by the European Commission.

The IT giant reported profits of $3.5bn for the first quarter of this year.

Revenue was up 21% compared to the same period last year – at €26bn.

In June, the EC fined the company $2.74bn for breaking anti-trust rules.