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Today's front page of the Irish Independent.

Today's front page of the Irish Independent.

Today's front page of the Irish Independent.

Six stories you need to know this morning

  1. The biggest-ever reform of nationwide policing is expected to be presented to the Government in the new year. A major emphasis on regionalisation, with individual officers appointed to control specific tasks in each area, will be recommended. The overhaul will be recommended by the Garda Inspectorate following its review of policing methods.
  2. A two-tier water charges system - aimed at distinguishing between larger households and those with just a single adult occupant - is to be put in place until at least 2017. The move will see a special lower fixed rate extended to groups such as widows, single workers, and lone parents who make up just under a third of households in the State.
  3. Dublin resident Robert Mielnik has told The Herald how his home has been pelted with eggs, bottles, and even a metal bar in a spate of racist attacks. The windows in his family home have been smashed five times. Originally from Poland, the family are sometimes so terrified that they sleep in the same room.
  4. The Irish Daily Mail says a second burial ground has been discovered near the site of the former mother and baby home in Tuam. It adjoins the controversial septic tank site at the centre of the baby deaths’ scandal that erupted in May but according to archive plans, it is at least three times the size.
  5. The Irish Examiner says former Fine Gael strategist has warned that the Government has only months to save itself from going into “irreversible decline up to the election”. He said Taoiseach Enda Kenny must stop acting like a “dictator” in how the country is run and start listening to people.
  6. The Irish Daily Mirror says lobby group New Beginning is in talks to create a “Nama for the little people” which would offer a lifeline to the country’s most distressed mortgage holders.  The solution would allow those badly hit to write off their debt and walk away, or rent the properties with an option to buy in the future.

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