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Ministers have been accused of trying to wash their hands of responsibility for Irish Water in a bid to head off further controversy after it emerged the utility plans to pay a 9% bonus to workers who under perform.

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Irish Water headquarters.
Bonuses for water staff lambasted

Ministers have been accused of trying to wash their hands of responsibility for Irish Water in a bid to head off further controversy after it emerged the utility plans to pay a 9% bonus to workers who under perform.

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THE song should never have been a hit anywhere because its title was weird: ‘Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah’. (Translation: ‘Hello Mother, Hello Father’.) It should certainly never have been a hit in Ireland because the entire song was about something we didn’t have back in the 1960s: Summer camps.

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A wave of violence hours after Nigeria’s government announced a truce with Boko Haram raised doubts yesterday about whether more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist militants will be released, deflating the hopes of their parents.

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