Morning top 5: Water D-Day; Bus Éireann stalemate; and United Airlines footage

The top stories this Tuesday morning...

An Oireachtas Committee is due to sign off today on its recommendations to abolish water charges and allow refunds for customers.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and his party colleagues want the Government to bring in legislation to enact the report.

But Fine Gael is insisting that the findings represent a breach of European Union law.

Sinn Féin TD Eoin O'Broin says Fine Gael has previously committed to legislate for whatever the committee proposes.


The Bus Éireann strike has entered its 19th day, despite hopes of services returning this morning.

Talks have continued through the night at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) to resolve the dispute over cost-saving measures.

Unions say any proposed deal has to ensure that these measures also apply to management.


There is further evidence today that weak supply is boosting Irish property prices.

The latest KBC homebuyer survey also claims that 'pent-up' demand for houses is another factor driving up costs.

The research says only half of Irish consumers are entirely content with their current circumstances while another fifth are not in a position to contemplate home-buying.


One in three adults in Ireland has either experienced physical abuse, or suspected that someone close to them was being abused.

New research by Red C highlights widespread public concern that vulnerable adults affected by disability, illness or mental health problems are badly treated, very often in the home.

The research was commissioned by the National Safeguarding Committee.


The boss of United Airlines has defended staff who called police to force a randomly chosen man off an overbooked plane.

The airline chief executive insists treating customers with "respect and dignity is at the core of who we are".

Oscar Munoz has praised his team but says lessons could be learned.

Video footage of the incident has been widely shared online.