Six stories you need to know this morning
The Government is willing to significantly reduce the deeply-unpopular public sector pension levy as it prepares to enter crucial talks with unions aimed at thrashing out a new pay deal. Senior Coalition figures admit that cutting the levy - which costs an average of 7.5pc of gross income - is a "likely option" because it will increase take-home pay across the public sector. Talks will begin tomorrow.
Fears of a shock defeat in the marriage referendum are growing within Fine Gael after TDs said they had encountered a strong "silent No vote" in rural areas. Fine Gael bosses have become extremely anxious about the referendum in recent days, due to the negative feedback being received by party headquarters.
The mother of the newborn baby girl found abandoned in a plastic bag in west Dublin has still not come forward as gardai grow increasingly concerned for her welfare. The child is now expected to be placed in foster care in the coming days. The baby girl was found wrapped in a towel or blanket in a plastic bin liner, which had been folded over at the top to prevent her getting wet and cold in the torrential rain last Friday.
A review of the medical charts of 63 babies born in maternity hospitals across the country has led to two cases being referred for more investigation to a group of obstetricians. Dr Susan Reilly, a senior HSE manager, said these 63 cases were first reviewed by midwives from outside the hospitals where they were born. Two have now been referred on for more examination by a team of obstetricians led by former Holles Street master, Dr Peter Boylan.
The Courts Service spent just over €1m providing interpretation services for 68 languages in the courts last year, the Irish Times reports. The figures show that most of the fees were paid to Forbidden City Ltd (or their trading name, translation.ie), which received €832,324.
A young woman who was killed in a road accident was walking home from a wedding celebration when the tragedy occurred. Tracey Melia (24) from near Glenreavagh, Corrandulla, Co Galway, died after she was struck by a car as she and her boyfriend walked home from Peggy's bar in nearby Claregalway, The Herald reports.