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There was a massive Garda presence for an anti-water charge protest outside Leinster House which passed off without incident last night. Around 300 protesters gathered to demonstrate ahead of the Dáil summer recess today, as Irish Water confirmed the poor rate of compliance with water charges. Photo: Stephen Collins
There was a massive Garda presence for an anti-water charge protest outside Leinster House which passed off without incident last night. Around 300 protesters gathered to demonstrate ahead of the Dáil summer recess today, as Irish Water confirmed the poor rate of compliance with water charges. Photo: Stephen Collins
Tory Johnston (17) who tragically died after taking ill at a Letterkenny Night Club.
Independent TD Mick Wallace
Mick Wallace
Graham Dwyer
Joe Kernan

'Irish Water to cold-call customers who don't pay' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Independent'.

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Paul Melia reports that Irish Water "plans to cold-call thousands of customers who refuse to pay their bills in an effort to get them to sign up to payment plants"

There was a massive Garda presence for an anti-water charge protest outside Leinster House which passed off without incident last night. Around 300 protesters gathered to demonstrate ahead of the Dáil summer recess today, as Irish Water confirmed the poor rate of compliance with water charges. Photo: Stephen Collins
There was a massive Garda presence for an anti-water charge protest outside Leinster House which passed off without incident last night. Around 300 protesters gathered to demonstrate ahead of the Dáil summer recess today, as Irish Water confirmed the poor rate of compliance with water charges. Photo: Stephen Collins

The company will begin sending letters after the second bills land through letter boxes from the autumn, and follow up with phones calls if there is no response.

The move comes as the utility revealed that less than half of it's 1.5 million customers are paying their bills, or 675,000 households.

The front page also carries a picture of an anti-water charge protest outside Leinster House last night which passed off without incident.

''Conflict of interest' claims hit bank probe' is the second headline on today's front page. Philip Ryan writes that a "Banking Inquiry whistleblower has made explosive allegations of conflicts of interest among some staff hired to investigate the collapse of the country's economy.

The newspaper has learned a legal professional hired to work for the inquiry has been raising concerns about some colleagues since April.

Today's 'Herald' reports on how a Co Donegal teenager died suddenly from a suspected heart attack following a night out with friends.

Tory Johnston (17) who tragically died after taking ill at a Letterkenny Night Club.
Tory Johnston (17) who tragically died after taking ill at a Letterkenny Night Club.

Tory Johnston (17) passed away yesterday after being taken to hospital when security staff at the Voodoo nightclub in Co Donegal became concerned as she appeared to collapse.

Greg Harkin reports that gardai are now awaiting the results of a post-mortem examination.

Independent TD Mick Wallace
Independent TD Mick Wallace
Mick Wallace

'Garda starts corruption into inquiry into allegations over Nama' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Times'.

The newspaper reports that an investigation is underway into allegations made by Independent TD Mick Wallace that a Nama official sought a corrupt payment of €30,000 from a construction company.

Murderer Graham Dwyer makes the front page of today's 'Irish Daily Star'.

Dwyer (43), who is serving life in prison for the murder of childcare worker Elaine O'Hara (36) in 2012 was reportedly assaulted in a row over poker.

Graham Dwyer
Graham Dwyer

Dwyer was attacked by a convicted rapist who hit Dwyer a number of times with a chair. Salman Dar is reported to have thrown two chairs at Dwyer after he refused to let him join a card game in the Midlands Prison.

'Gardai arrest Irish IS suspect' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Sun'.

Stephen Breen writes that a man, suspected of being an IS extremist, was arrested as she prepared to travel to Syria. The man, who is in his thirties, was arrested by gardai in Dublin. They believe the man was preparing to fight IS.

Former Armagh manager Joe Kernan makes the back page of today's 'Irish Independent Sport'. Donnchadh Boyle reports that the All-Ireland winning manager "has warned that the fallout from the now-infamous row between Armagh and Dublin could yet have serious consquences".

"Both camps have made only limited comment on the incident that saw Dublin panellist Davey Byrne sustain serious facial injuries but still the issues refuses to go away."

Joe Kernan
Joe Kernan
Joe Kernan

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