What it says in the papers
Published 02/04/2015 | 06:47
Here are the seven stories you need to know about today.
'No relief for 300,000 mortgage holders from Kenny' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Independent'.
Charlie Weston reports that Taoiseach Enda Kenny "has no plans to reduce sky-high variable mortgage rates, beyond asking them to show their customers "a degree of understanding".
Mr Kenny appeared to be laying the ground for a U-turn on the Government stance that it cannot intervene in the day-to-day workings of the banks yesterday, by saying he would put pressure on them to cut variable rate holders some slack and pass on lower European Central Bank rates.
"I expected the banks to do better than they have been doing in respect of variable mortgage rates," he said.
The newspaper also carries a picture of a Ryanair plane with it's wings clipped following an incident at Dublin Airport yesterday morning. 'Ryanair planes clip wings at airport in second incident in six months' is the headline above the story on page three. Ed Carty and Breda Heffernan report that two Ryanair planes clipped each other a Dublin Airport yesterday in an incident almost identical to another crash six months ago.
'Boy found in child sex 'hellhole'' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Herald'.
Barry Duggan and Robin Schiller report how a six-year-old boy was rescued from a "child porn hellhole".
"The young boy, who was being prostituted by his parents from a house in the south of the country, was saved by gardai as part of a European investigation into paedophilia," the newspaper reports.
'Dwyer feels the heat in jail' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Daily Star'. Patrick O'Connell writes how convicted murderer Graham Dwyer (42) is now being guarded around the clock in prison over fears that other inmates may attack him.
The former architect has lost his kitchen job after he was threatened.
'The Irish Times' carries a wonderful photograph of a Shane Murray (8) hugging his assistance dog Zeta yesterday at a photoshoot to publicise World Autism Day. Shane's mum Cathy said Zeta brought new life to her young son. Irish Guide Dogs last year had to close its waiting list for its assistance dog programme, which runs for 100 families. They are now appealing for support to help reopen it.
'The Irish Sun' talks to a family whose home was one of six that was burned to the ground in Newbridge, Co Kildare, on Monday evening.
Father-of-two Marcin Podmokly's told the newspaper how he took his young family from their burning home and then could only watch as everything they owned went up in flames.
"I grabbed my kids, our passports, some documents and I ran. In just a few hours everything was gone," he said.
The sport section in the 'Irish Independent' carries a report on an interview with retired Irish rugby international Brian O'Driscoll. The interview, which was published in 'Rugby World', sees the former Ireland captain saying Leinster fans must their temper their expectations head of Saturday's Champions Cup quarter-final meeting with Bath.
Matt O'Connor's side should not be held up to the standards set by previous teams, he said.
He branded criticism of the coach and team who won last year's Pro12 as "ridiculous".