What it says in the papers
We take a look at the main stories in this morning’s papers.
Many of today’s papers are dominated by the news that less than half of Irish Water customers have paid their bills to date.
The Irish Independent says that just 45pc of the company’s 1.5m customers have paid their first bill on time.
The embattled company had expected to take in €67m in the first billing cycle, from January to March, however to date just €30m has been brought in.
A government source said the figure was a ‘decent start’.
The Irish Times also leads with the low payment of water bills.
Also on the paper’s front page is a pledge from US President Barack Obama that he will work to protect the historic nuclear agreement with Iran.
Iran struck an historic deal with world powers, pledging that its nuclear programme would not be used for weapons in return for harsh international sanctions gradually being lifted.
The Irish Examiner also leads with the news on the payment level of water bills.
Also on the paper’s front page is the story that gardai have been forced to move prisoners from divisional headquarters at Bandon because of faulty alert bells.
It means gardai are away from their areas for several hours as they process prisoners elsewhere, leaving manpower reduced.
The Herald also leads with the story on Irish water.
The paper has comments from Renua leader Lucinda Creighton on the front page – she says Irish Water is ‘now more dead than the parrot in Monty Python.’
The Irish Daily Mail leads with a plea from a terminally ill Irish cancer patient top the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar.
Margaret Ready has undergone nine bouts of chemotherapy in her 11-year battle to beat cancer.
She’s pleading with the Minister to fund a life-extending drug so she can reach her 60th birthday next April.
The Irish Star leads with an appeal from a traveller who was stabbed three times after a bare-knuckle bout turned into a gang attack.
Michael Nevin (25) nearly died in the attack – with one of the stab wounds missing a major artery by just 1cm.
The victim, who is expecting a child, has pledged not to carry out a revenge attack.
The Irish Daily Mirror leads with Sinead O’Connor attacking Kim Kardashian.
The Irish musician said that Rolling Stone magazine had ‘murdered music’ by putting the reality star on the cover.
Finally the Irish Sun leads with the news that One Direction star Louis Tomlinson is expecting his first child.
The 23-year-old singer is looking at properties in Los Angeles to be closer to the mother of his new child, stylist Briana Jungwirth.