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Woman dies following Meath assault

A woman in her 20s has died following an assault in Athboy, Co Meath.

Gardaí responded to a call of an unresponsive woman in a house in the Rathmore area of Athboy in the early hours of Friday morning.

National Ambulance Service staff also attended the scene where the woman was declared dead. Her body remains at the scene, which is currently preserved for forensic and technical examination.

The office of the State Pathologist and the Garda Technical Bureau have been notified and a postmortem examination will be arranged.

A man aged in his 30s was later arrested at a different location and is currently detained in Ashbourne Garda station.

Gardaí have launched an investigation and an incident room has been established at Kells Garda station.

Property price index now level with Celtic Tiger peak

The residential property price index is now level with the peak recorded during the Celtic Tiger.

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The Central Statistics Office (CSO) said the national index reached the value of 163.6 points in June 2022, equal to that recorded in April 2007 ahead of the global financial crisis.

The residential property price index is now level with the peak recorded during the Celtic Tiger.

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) said the national index reached the value of 163.6 points in June 2022, equal to that recorded in April 2007 ahead of the global financial crisis.

High temperature warning in place nationwide with 31 degrees likely

Forecasters are warning that Ireland's highest-ever August temperature could be recorded over the next few days.

Sunny days and balmy nights are predicted with Met Éireann indicating that Ireland could reach a higher temperature than the 31.5 degrees recorded at Oak Park in Co Carlow on August 2nd, 1995.

Met Éireann senior forecaster Gerry Murphy said a status yellow high temperature warning is in place for the Republic this weekend.

"Temperatures did get over 30 degrees [on Thursday]. And we can expect those temperatures to go possibly higher today and certainly higher in few places tomorrow," he said.

"It is quite possible that we could reach that August [temperature] record hit in 1995."

King Puck taken down from 50ft structure again due to intense heat

His majesty, King Puck, Ireland’s only reigning monarch has been dethroned once more, and taken down from his high perch in advance of rising noon day temperatures in Killorglin, on the final day of his reign.

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For the first time in living memory, the goat was taken down yesterday amid concern for his welfare in the heat.

A statement from the committee confirmed he was re-erected last night, when temperatures receded.

However, the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks wild goat - used to heights though not such high temperatures - is once more in the shade, down for the day.

The decision is in advance of his “formal dethronement”.

“Following hourly veterinary checks and a clean bill of health, King Puck was reinstated on the stand last night once temperatures dropped.

Irish Water says 32 water supplies across Ireland in drought

Irish Water has warned that 32 water supplies around the country are now officially in drought with dozens more in potential drought.

The National Incident Management Team at Irish Water has been meeting this morning to discuss the "escalating" situation.

Head of Asset Operations at Irish Water Tom Cuddy told the RTE radio News at One, that the numbers in drought are likely to increase.

"The weekend in particular is going to continue to be challenging. We have no rain at the moment. It is very hot, and it is going to be ongoing. We have a rainfall deficit here today. The ground is very dry. Rivers are very low.

"Demand is extremely high. In the urban areas in the Greater Dublin area the usage is over forty million litres greater per day today than this day last week. In holiday resorts and agricultural areas it is much higher."

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