What it says in the papers
Irish Water dominates the front pages of the national newspapers this morning:
‘Kenny’s gamble as bills watered down’ reads the front page of today’s Irish Independent. The newspaper leads with the report that the Taoiseach now needs the public to back his plan, as well as the €1,600 penalty for those who won’t pay.
‘Taoiseach tells Ministers to go out and sell revised water charges to public’, reads the front page of the Irish Times. The newspaper also reports how the Government is hoping the new package will encourage more people to register. The front page also reports how the Environment Minister has received another two death threats.
‘Pay up or face €1,600 bill’ reads the front page of The Herald. The newspaper reports that families who refuse to pay water charges will be hit with a €1,640 bill after four years. Cumulative penalties will be added to the unpaid charges for every year householders do not register with Irish Water.
The Irish Examiner opts to lead with ‘U-turn won’t stem protests’ as ‘Organisers to continue with ‘mass boycott’ despite fee cuts’.
The front of the Irish Daily Mail reads; ‘Climbdown to avoid meltdown’. The article describes the ‘government’s last-gasp bid to win back the public on water’.
The Irish Daily Mirror opts for a different angle and leads with ‘Minister’s four death threats’ as gardai investigate ‘menacing’ call to the minister’s office.
Meanwhile, the Irish Sun opts for the simple word ‘Waterfall’. The front page reads that the cap on rate has ‘plunged’ to €160 and reports on protesters’ fury at ‘trickery’.
The Irish Daily Star has another clever play on words; ‘They sink it’s all over’ as the water charges plan is ‘blasted as ‘con job’’.