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Birth information

Long-awaited legislation allowing adopted people to trace their birth parents is set to be published today.

The Children's Minister is bringing proposed Birth Information and Tracing legislation before Cabinet.

The Bill aims to provide adopted people with information to trace their original birth details.

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).

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

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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.

Oppositions parties have reacted with fury to the suggestion that water levies, which were scrapped after a massive public backlash, should be reimposed.

Young cyclist dies

An 11-year-old girl was killed 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.

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