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Electric Ireland increases

Electric Ireland has announced another increase in prices for electricity and gas customers for the third time in five months.

The energy provider will increase its standard electricity and gas prices which will see bills jump by 26.7 per cent and 37.5 per cent.

The price changes will take effect from October 1st.

Taoiseach accepts Donnelly's explanation

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said he accepts Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly made an "oversight" when he failed to register a rental property with the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB).

Earlier, Mr Donnelly said not renewing the property's registration when it expired in 2019 "shouldn’t have happened", but added that he was not considering his ministerial position over the matter.

Following Mr Donnelly's apology, Mr Martin said such errors "can happen", adding: "We have to have a sense of perspective in how we assess and judge situations like this."

Wexford crash

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A man has been hospitalised following a serious road traffic collision in Co Wexford on Wednesday.

Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene of the collision on the N25 at Holmestown at around 5.45pm.

The injured man, a cyclist aged in his 50s, was taken from the scene to Wexford General Hospital where gardaí said his injuries are understood to be serious.

New storm names announced

Met Éireann, the UK's Met Office and the Netherlands' Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut (KNMI) have unveiled the official storm names for the 2022/2023 storm season.

As with previous years, storms will be given names hailing from each of the three countries.

The collaboration between Ireland and the UK's meteorological services began in 2015 to help raise awareness of the potential impacts of severe storms, with KMNI joining the initiative in 2019.

Cillian, Íde and Ruadhán are among the names chosen for the coming season's storms.

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