Irish Water and news from the High Court regarding a maternity case lead this morning's front pages.
Steeper water bills are set for families of young children and teens, yet Irish Water staff set to get €7,000 bonus each, the Irish Independent reports on its front page. The Irish Examiner also features the front page on its paper today, reporting that the departments sanctioned €7,000 bonuses for 299 staff.
In health news, the Irish Times reports that the HSE has raised significant concerns about the scale of the pension arrangements of the former CRC chief Paul Kiely. The story also features on the front page of the Irish Examiner.
The Irish Independent also reports on the tragic story where the High Court has granted an order allowing a maternity hospital to withdraw life-support treatment from a brain-damaged baby whose mother died shortly after he was delivered ay 39 weeks. The Irish Sun has splashed on the story and the Irish Examiner also features the story on its front page with the headline, ‘Hospital cleared to end life-support for brain-damaged baby’.
The Irish Daily Mail focuses on the potential chemist price wars as pharmacy ‘Healthwave’ cuts price of medicines by as much as 80 per cent. The Irish Times carries the story on the bottom of its front page with the headline, ‘Pharmacy promises major drug cost savings by matching prices in North’.
Following on from yesterday’s announcement of the Junior Cert reforms, it has now been revealed that teachers could pull the plug on the changes over concerns. Both the Irish Independent and the Irish Examiner report on the new ‘Junior Cycle Student Award’.
In sport, GAA chiefs step up bite probe as Leinster Council sub-committee investigate alleged incident, the Irish Independent reports. The story also features on the front sports page of the Irish Daily Mail and has been dubbed ‘Bite-Gate’.
Both the Irish Sun and the Irish Daily Mirror continue to carry news on the rape trial of Coronation Street star Bill Roache. ‘Write to me when you start school, Love Bill’ the Irish Daily Mirror reads as they report the court being told of a ‘love letter’ sent to a 14-year-old girl.
A bid by the Dublin City Council to name the Millennium Spire in memory of Mandela has been rejected, as reported in the majority of this morning’s papers. Dermot Lacey, chairman of the council’s commemorative naming committee, said the decision was not a reflection on former South African president Nelson Mandela.
Happy Birthday Kate... The world-famous supermodel Kate Moss turns 40 today and it isn’t expected to go un-celebrated. ‘Kate’s still catwalk queen at 40’ reads the top of the Irish Independent’s front page.