What it says in the papers
The latest revelations about Irish Water dominates the papers, as does 14-year-old Leon Connon, who is fighting for his life after his head was trapped between railings in a freak accident.
Today's Irish Independent leads with new revelations concerning Irish Water. The company are being forced to employ twice the staff it requires, according to a leading ERSI economist; and, as a result, families are facing the risk of higher charges. The extra costs associated with 2,000 extra staff members costs approximately €150m a year.
Also in today's Independent, the Labour Party is eyeing up cabinet positions held by Fine Gael in the reshuffle later this year, by Group Political Editor Fionnan Sheahan. Labour is willing to give Education to Fine Gael and examining Jobs, Health and Agriculture jobs.
In today's Herald, Leon Connon (14) has been pictured as the teenage who is fighting for his life after his head was trapped between railings in a freak accident. It prevented him from breathing for several minutes on Saturday night in Kinsale.
In entertainment news in the paper, RTE presenter Maura Derrane reveals her excitement at becoming a first time mum. "It's perfect timing, everything fell into place for us," she says.
Today's Irish Examiner leads with criminals harvesting up to €100m worth of cannabis a year in designated grow houses throughout the country. The figures have been compiled by the Garda National Drugs Unit, detailing that he number of these factories rose from 183 in 2011 to 226 in 2012.
The Irish Times also leads with their coverage of the excess Irish Water staff. Below the fold, the paper covers the first stem cells for human use at NUI Galway's Centre for Cell Manufacturing Ireland. The facility aims to culture stem cells to tackle arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and similar conditions, according to Lorna Siggins.
A Cork father has been reunited with his son, who was reportedly abducted to Africa, in today's Irish Daily Mail. Richard Quarry says he travelled to his wife's native Zambia to reunite with little Ethan.
The Irish Sun's front page features and Irish woman Lorraine Boyle, who claims she resigned from a UK company after she says she was 'taunted' with degrading remarks about her nationality. Boule says she was sent emails of potatoes dressed and leprechauns.
In sport, the Herald leads with David Moyes admitted he let Manchester United fans down this season. United may have to make due with squad they have until the end of the season as big money players will likely wait until summer. "I don't think we will have any more new signings in January, I'm still working on it," he said.