What it says in the papers
Today's Irish Independent leads with a story on the staggering 680 million litre water loss across networks every day due to leaks.
Environment Correspondent Paul Melia writes that after decades of under-investment in water networks, Irish Water face an incredible challenge when the water tax is introduced. The above sum lost every day could provide water a staggering 1.5m families. The Irish Independent obtained the documents through a Freedom of Information request.
Also in the paper, Ryan Tubridy writes, in his own words, why he had to speak out against violence after telling a man live on his radio show yesterday he would 'break his legs' after learning he had inflicted domestic violence on his family.
The Herald splashes with a harrowing story by Ken Foy in which a woman on a hen party alleges that she was raped by five men on a stag in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim. Gardai are currently investigating the claims and a file is expected to sent to the DPP in the coming weeks.
The Irish Times focuses on the property bubble fears as the Government dismisses opposition claims that new investment into the construction sector will lead to another boom and bust. "This construction strategy is fundamentally about increasing activity in the construction sector to sensible, sustainable levels," Taoiseach Enda Kenny said in response to the claims, writes Arthur Beesley.
The Irish Examiner leads with a story by Catherine Sheridan about a second baby death at Cavan General Hospital which is now being investigated.
Yesterday, a newborn baby, who was born on Tuesday, tragically died just three weeks after a baby boy after an emergency cesarean section is alleged to have been delayed.
The Irish Sun splashes with Niall Horan's €17m fortune, earning him a place on music's Rich List and the Irish Daily Star writes of a pet parrot which nearly killed a woman. Dubliner Declan Cunningham revealed to the paper that his wife Anne contracted an infection from their pet parrot Bertie.
In Sport, the Irish Independent leads with an exclusive by Vincent Hogan reporting that Eddie O'Sullivan is the new head coach of struggling French rugby team Biarritz Olympique. O'Sullivan led Ireland to three triple crowns finished his stint as head coach at the 2011 World Cup and had been taking a coaching hiatus in the interim.
The Herald focuses on Ryan Giggs' flying out to the Netherlands yesterday to meet with Man United's heir apparent Louis Van Gaal.