Morning top 5: Untreated sewage report; Varadkar in Paris; and cameras in the Supreme Court

The top stories this Tuesday morning

Untreated sewage is still being pumped into our water at 44 seperate locations.

A new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report found waste water treatment in over a quarter of Ireland's large towns and cities is below public health standards.

The report says 50 major towns and cities including Dublin are failing to meet waste water treatment standards.

Meanwhile, counties Cork and Donegal account for nearly half of the 44 areas where there is no treatment at all.


Ulster Bank and AIB are the latest mortgage-lenders to face questions over the tracker mortgage scandal.

Executives will meet the Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe later today.

The CEOs of Bank of Ireland, KBC and Permanent TSB met Minister Donohoe on Monday.


The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar travels to Paris today for his first bi-lateral meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron.

Among the matters to be discussed is the issue of getting a good deal for Ireland and Europe in the Brexit talks.

They will also talk about ways to strengthen ties between Ireland and France through projects like the planned 'Celtic Interconnector' linking Cork with Brittany.


Building a three-bed apartment in Dublin is now more expensive than building a three-bed house.

The Society of Chartered Surveyors says developers now pay between €470,000 and €578,000 to build a two-bed in the city centre.

Building costs for lower rise apartments in the Dublin suburbs start from €293,000.


TV cameras are being allowed into the Supreme Court to record proceedings today.

It is the first time ever that an Irish court sitting has been filmed.

Two judgements, to be handed down by the Supreme Court, will be broadcast by RTÉ.

The Chief Justice says the move is to help demystify the courts, and coverage may be expanded next year.