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Lunchtime Fix: 7 things you need to know

Catch up as you refuel.


1. ARE you in the market for a house? Banks are now being hit with much, much tighter controls on mortgage lending. Here’s what you need to be earning under the new rules to buy a house in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and the Midlands.

2. IRISH Water insists there is no bonus culture at the new utility. Spokesperson Elizabeth Arnett also warned householders that new legislation means no contract is required for the firm to pursue debt.

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3. MICHAEL D is allowed to visit asylum seekers, the Department of Justice has said. Just, the correct procedures weren’t used the last time he tried.

4. AN investigation has been launched after two Ryanair planes clipped each other at Dublin Airport this morning.

5. THE Insolvency Service of Ireland has suspended application fees because it believes the charge was stopping people from seeking relief from their debts. [RTÉ News]

6. FOUR more people – including the husband of a nurse who contracted Ebola – are being monitored in Spain after accusations that medical equipment used by health professionals in Madrid was substandard. [The Guardian]

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7. A mystery in Central Park. The body of a baby bear was found in the New York City green this morning. – and nobody knows how it got there.

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