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#1 Water charges: It has been revealed that customers will pay an “average” charge for nine months, instead of the previouslt announced six. It has also been explained that customers whose water is deemed undrinkable will not be charged until the supply is fit for human consumption.
The assessed charge, which will be based on average consumption of households of similar size, will apply until July 2015. After this time, those with a meter installed will pay based on consumption.
#2 Road deaths: Two Irish men killed in separate road collisions in Cambodia and London.
Tomas Beecher (30), from Cork died after being struck by a vehicle in Cambodia while Padraig O’Dea (26) from Co. Mayo died from injuries sustained after falling from the back of a moving taxi in London.
#3 Dublin shooting: Man in his 60s shot in the leg at a pub in Dublin.
An elderly man sustained minor injuries after being shot in the leg while at the premises of the Barn House pub in Dublin. The injuries are described as non-life threatening.
The gunman fled the scene after the shooting.
#4 White House security breach: Last month’s security breach at the White House was worse than previously disclosed.
The perpetrator, Omar Gonzales, ran up the stairs and across several rooms before being tackled by Secret Service agents. Gonzales got close to the Obama’s living quarters. The Obama’s had just left the White House minutes before the incident took place.
Gonzalez, aged 42, who is a decorated Iraqi war veteran, was charged with unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds while carrying a deadly or dangerous weapon.
He also had hundreds of rounds of ammunition in his car.
#5 Higgins: President Michael D. Higgins becomes first Freeman of Limerick.
He received the honour in front of almost 1000 people at the Milk Market in Limerick city on Monday morning. The title of Honorary Freeman of Limerick is a new one and the President is the first recipient following the formal establishment of Limerick City and County Council in June.