Roughly half of the country's coastal waters, rivers and lakes have unacceptable levels of pollution, according to a new report from the Environmental Protection Agency.
It shows only 53% are of satisfactory quality.
It highlights our river waters as a particular concern, with the quality having dropped by 5.5% since the last assessment four years ago.
An investigation is to be launched into the deaths and injuries caused by a volcanic eruption in New Zealand.
At least five were killed and dozens injured on White Island, with eight people missing and presumed deceased
47 people had been on the volcano's slopes when it erupted on Monday afternoon local time.
Sinn Féin is putting forward a bill today which aims to freeze rents for three years.
The party's TD Eoin Ó Broin also wants to introduce a refundable tax credit of up to €1,500 for renters.
The bill is to be debated in the Dáil later this evening.
Unite says its strike committee will meet next week to decide what industrial action to take at Virgin Media Ireland.
It's after members belonging to the union and SIPTU voted in favour of downing tools over job cuts.
The union says their move follows the company's attempt to impose compulsory redundancies on call centre, technical and administrative workers.
Almost 13,400 people received supports from a domestic violence service last year.
New figures from Safe Ireland show frontline support groups helped 10,800 women and 2,600 children in 2018.
More than 53,600 helpline calls were answered, but the agency says a lack of resources meant almost 3,300 requests for refuge were turned down as they were full to capacity.