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The front page of the Irish Independent today.

The front page of the Irish Independent today.

The front page of the Irish Independent today.

Six stories you need to know this morning

  • Roy Keane was involved in an altercation with a fan in the Ireland team hotel after which the man received medical attention, the Irish Independent reports. The man was taken to hospital following the incident at the Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links, where the Ireland football team are staying ahead of their crunch match against Scotland.
  • Families are paying a premium of more than €25,000 to live near a school, new research has found. In a trawl of asking prices for homes around the country over the past eight years, researchers found huge differences in the premiums heaped on parents to live near both primary and post-primary schools.
  • The Herald reports that taxpayers are still funding the pension package of former minister Ivor Callely who has walked free from prison. The convicted fraudster (56) has been given almost €380,000 in a pension pot since he left politics in 2011.
  • A Fine Gael TD is to give gardai the names of eight alleged abusers who were moved from Northern Ireland to the Republic by Sinn Fein, the Dail was told yesterday. Meath East TD Regina Doherty said she was "too afraid" to read the names on the floor of the Dail but will provide the information to her local sergeant tomorrow.
  • The installation of water meters across the country will only result in a 6pc saving in the amount of water on average family uses, the Commission for Energy Regulation has confirmed. The small reduction in the consumption of water with metering will save just 22 litres a day – equivalent to one dishwasher cycle – for an average family, the Irish Examiner reports.
  • Meanwhile, scientists landed a probe on a comet following a 10-year, four-billion-mile journey through the solar system. The spacecraft, the Philae lander, made history by becoming the first man-made object to touch down on a comet.

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