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Thursday 14 December 2017

What it says in the papers

Today's papers are dominated with coverage of the breakdown of water charges being introduced.

The Irish Independent leads with the staggeringly high cost facing each household, with calculations showing that the average family with two adult children will be charged €500 per year for their water bills.

Despite the Government's promise that the 'average' home would be charged €238, the prices released yesterday show the dramatic increase in expenditure facing Irish households. The free water allowance for children has also been reduced, equating to just one shower and one toilet flush per day.

The Irish Times also joins the rhetoric, writing that the water charges in Ireland are significantly higher than that of other EU states. St Vincent de Paul also expressed their concern of additional financial pressures to the paper, in particular, after 2016 when the transitionary period has ended.

The Irish Examiner similarly leads with the story, focusing on the charge for adult children, which totals approximately €102 per child. Families with teenagers over 18 taking a daily seven-minute shower will be charged €87 per year, while a daily power shower equates to €311 per annum. The Government is now facing accusations of misleading the public with the numbers released by the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) differing to the numbers relayed by Taoiseach Enda Kenny before the election, particularly in relation to children.

The Herald leads with the human side of the aftermath of the Marioara Rostas trial with her brother Dumitru saying he will have a 'dreadful pain deep down' in his soul for the rest of his life. He was with the late teenager when she was kidnapped in 2008. Alan Wilson was yesterday found not guilty of her murder.

The Irish Daily Star leads with Christy Kinahan avoiding drug charges in Spain as they were dropped by a Spanish judge yesterday. The Irish Sun leads with a showbiz story relating to Kerry Katona's fiance George Kay, who is being held for a mental health screening after he was taken by officials at their home yesterday believed to be having a breakdown.

In sport, The Herald leads with Irish footballer Richard Dunne's retirement from international football. "Retiring from international football has been an extremely difficult decision for me to make," he said in a statement to the FAI. He is still active at club level with QPR and will be part of their Premiere League campaign.

The Irish Independent also covers Dunne's shock retirement while also highlighting Kilkenny hurling boss Brian Cody's defence of Dublin after losing to Tipperary in the All-Ireland quarter final. They were accused of being 'manufactured', which Cody labelled as 'condescending'.

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