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Petrol incident

Gardaí have arrested a man following an incident of criminal damage and assault at a Garda station in Kildare.

At around 9pm on Monday evening, a man entered the public office of Newbridge Garda station.

He began to spray a liquid, believed to be petrol, from a container on the environs, Garda members and himself. Gardaí restrained the man as he attempted to light the liquid.

Young cyclist dies

Tributes are being paid to an 11-year-old girl who was died in a crash in Co Kerry on Monday evening while cycling.

The collision involving a van happened outside Abbeydorney near Tralee at around 7.30pm.

The girl was rushed to hospital where she later died.

Younger workers worse off

A combination of stagnant wages and higher housing costs have left young workers in Ireland financially worse off than their parents, according to a study by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).

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The research found that earnings have flat-lined for young people entering the Irish labour market and that workers in their 20s are – in real terms – earning less than they did in the 1990s and 2000s.

Their situation is compounded by higher housing costs fuelled “by rapidly rising rents”, it said. This is in part because home ownership rates for young adults has “collapsed”.

Water charges

Controversial water charges must be reintroduced if we are to meet our climate targets, global economic think-tank the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has warned.

The Government has been told to reconsider domestic water charges as accelerated investment is needed to extend and upgrade the country’s water supply and sanitation infrastructure for a growing population and to reduce water loss.

Speaking before a Cabinet meeting today, the Taoiseach ruled out their return. "We won't be reintroducing water charges," Micheál Martin said.

Ducklings

The Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) is calling on the public not to buy ducklings, following reports that the young birds were being offered for sale on the city streets.

Gillian Bird, the head of education and media at the DSPCA, told RTÉ radio’s Morning Ireland that there seemed to be a trend on social media where people were videoing a day in the life of a duckling.

The DSPCA has had reports of young teenagers approaching other teenagers offering them a duckling for €5.

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