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1. #FIANNA FÁIL The response of Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin to the remarks by Limerick councillor Kevin Sheahan on an ‘Irish first’ housing policy was “disappointing”, the Immigrant Council of Ireland has said. Deputy Martin said the comments were made in a “personal capacity”, but the Immigrant Council said that it was “bizarre” that Martin said this.

2. #FIRE DEATHS Mick Philpott has been sentenced to life in prison for the manslaughter of six children, five of whom were his own, who died in a fire. His wife Mairead and friend Paul Mosley were each sentenced to 17 years in prison over the deaths, and told they would each serve half of that term. It was reported that Philpott made obscene hand gestures as he left the dock.

3. #WATER Dublin’s water restrictions are to be eased from tomorrow, but services will have reduced pressure until production at a water treatment plant in Roundwood is restored. Dublin City Council has said that the prolonged spell of cold weather is to blame for the disruptions.

4. #CROKE PARK II The Irish Medical Organisation held an emergency debate during their annual conference on the Croke Park II proposals, with members voting unanimously against them. The IMO said their members would not be bound by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions by accepting the Croke Park II proposals.

5. #PRIORY HALL Environment Minister Phil Hogan has announced new regulations which will require professionals to sign off on the compliance of buildings as they are built, in the hope of avoiding a repeat of the Priory Hall disaster.

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