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Bruton: Those Who Paid Water Bill Can't Be Treated Unfairly.

Those who paid their water bills can't be treated unfairly according to a senior cabinet member.

Richard Bruton says the special Oireachtas committee, which includes Kildare South Fine Gael TD, Martin Heydon, will have to consider whether people will be refunded the money they paid.

Earlier Minister Simon Coveney said the money had already been spent on infrastructure.

Minister Bruton says any new funding model will have to be fair for all:

2,802 People Treated On Trolleys At Naas General So Far This Year.

2,802 people have been treated on trolleys at Naas General Hospital so far this year.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation says that includes those without beds in the Emergency Dept., and people treated on gurneys in the hospital's wards.

In the full year last year, 3,072 were on trolleys at Naas General.


Almost 37,000 Penalty Points Issued To Drivers On Kildare's Roads In October.

36,837 penalty points were issued to drivers on Kildare's roads in October.

That's according to the Road Safety Authority, which has just released data for that month.

The overwhelming majority of those points,  28,390, were issued for speeding offences.

51 motorists were found to have been driving over the alcohol limit.


Minister: Households On Group Water Schemes Shouldn't Have To Pay For Supply.

A Junior Minister has demanded that households with group water schemes be given their water for free, if water charges are scrapped.

There are more than five such schemes operating in Kildare.

Sean Canney says the debate over refunding water bills must also consider those who paid for water years beforehand.

He's calling on the new Oireachtas committee considering water charges, on which sits Kildare South Fine Gael TD, Martin Heydon,  to make sure that every household, whether rural or urban, faces the same level of costs.


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