A study of the showering habits of 100 families over a 10-day period (or 2,600 showers) by multi-national consumer goods firm Unilever found that the average shower lasted for eight minutes and used 62 litres of water. Photograph: Getty Images.

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The promotion of oil and gas exploration in Ireland have been identified as priorities for new Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Alex White. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Rise in number of authorised explorations to lead to increased drilling levels over next two to five years

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has installed a network of hidden and visible security cameras in an attempt to clampdown on graffiti in the area. Above is a file image of graffiti on a Martello Tower near Blackrock, Co Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

More than 600 complaints received in last 12 months

Almost two in five families take out loans or use credit cards to cover the cost of sending their children to college, an Irish League of Credit Unions survey has found. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

Irish League of Credit Unions survey finds average monthly cost of third level is €428

The body parts found at Thorntons Recycling centre in Ballyfermot belonged to a man aged between 25 and 45 years, tests show. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Gardaí say tests show man had screws in his skull arising from earlier neurosurgery

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin signals an “orderly wind-down” of pay cuts “as opposed to a sudden ending”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Government should continue reform of public sector, say two PAC members

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has suggested that the Government will begin talks with trade unions next year on restoring pay and pensions for public sector workers. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Brendan Howlin says he plans to speak to unions next year about FEMPI wind-down

Today FM picks up listeners in morning and evening as market share rises to 9.2 per cent

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