Editorial: Irish Water sinking in debt

Alan Kelly

These are turbulent times for Irish Water.

The company is set to be bogged down in €850m in debt in the near future. Their income from householders who received their water bills is only half what it should be because of the revolt being led by the anti-water charge militants.

Now, on top of this, there is a pay increase demand coming down the tracks from their staff who have had a seven year pay freeze since the start-up of the utility.

Environment Minister Alan Kelly wants us to see the bright side by claiming that the public traditionally take their time in paying their utility bills but they usually do so in the end. But the concerted campaign of the non-payers is showing no sign to waning.

Although the public welcomed the Government's slashing of the water bills, it left the water company with a worsening financial headache.

The company is in for a very challenging time financially and its customers will eventually end up indirectly paying for its rising interest costs.

UFC hero's beginnings

Good things come to those who wait - and train hard.

Conor McGregor has come a long way from playing in front of five supporters and a dog at Crumlin's Yellowstone Celtic to commanding a crowd of tens of thousands for his UFC fight in Las Vegas.

His former club in south Dublin have nothing but good things to say about the former striker and are happy enough to admit that Conor chose the right sport to pursue.

And pursue he did.

Conor trained incredibly hard to be named interim UFC Featherweight Champion and is gearing up to fight Jose Aldo - who pulled out at the last minute due to injury - for the full title shot.

Meanwhile, the side who play in Leinster Senior League said that they'd welcome the MMA champ back, if he ever wanted to return to the football pitch.

Although it is a very kind offer, somehow we feel Conor has other titles on his mind.