Testing the water
DUBLIN City Council will carry out final tests today before plans to restore a full water supply to the region.
Officials said that production levels at Ballymore Eustace have improved – although the plant is still not running at normal capacity.
Householders have been experiencing water restrictions for over a week. They have come into effect from 8pm each evening to 7am the following morning, affecting some 1.5 million people.
ARRESTS IN DRUG HAUL
A MAN and a woman have been arrested after gardai seized cocaine and cannabis with an estimated street value of €100,000.
The drugs were found after gardai attached to the Cork City Divisional Drugs Unit stopped and searched a car at Main Street, Glenville in Cork.
The arrests were made as part of an ongoing investigation into the sale and supply of drugs in the city.
PROBE INTO TURF-CUTTING
PARKS and wildlife inspectors are investigating claims that swathes of turf were illegally cut from bogs on the edge of one of the country's most prized national parks.
The Irish Wildlife Trust claimed it had seen track marks left at Glenveagh National Park in Co Donegal by machinery used to dig turf, while drains had been created to dry out blanket bogs and allow easier access to the turf.
The Department of the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht said an inquiry into the allegations was underway.
TALKS ON NEW HOSPITAL
A FRESH round of planning discussions on the new national children's hospital has begun and the aim is to secure permission by December 2014, according to Health Minister James Reilly.
He was speaking on the first anniversary of the decision to locate the hospital in the campus of St James's Hospital in Dublin.
While the priority is the building of the new children's hospital, he said the Government is committed to tri-location with a maternity hospital on the St James's campus.
NOBEL WINNER LECTURE
NOBEL prizewinner Professor Serge Haroche will offer the general public a unique insight into the strange world of quantum physics at a special event in Dublin City University next Monday.
Professor Haroche's lecture, 'Shedding New Light on Schrödinger's Cat', will take place at 11am, when the 2012 Nobel Physics Prize winner will explain quantum physics and how its applications can transform life as we know it.
The event is open to the public, although registration is required, and it will also be streamed on Magnet.ie.