What it says in the papers
Published 03/04/2015 | 07:05
Here are the seven stories you need to know about today.
'Mortgage 'apartheid' is costing families 11 weeks' pay' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Independent'.
Charlie Weston reports how variable-rate mortgages are so much more expensive than trackers, it takes a family almost three months to earn enough to meet the extra cost.
"The premium imposed on variable mortgage holders is now so high that a family will need to earn an extra €12,500 a year just to cover the difference," the article says.
The front page also carries a picture of Lt Kevin Fitzgerald giving his partner Emma Day a celebratory kiss after he was awarded his military pilot's wings and presidential commission at a ceremony in the Air Corps headquarters in Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel. The picture, taken by Mark Condren, appears under the headline 'An officer and a gentleman'.
'Nurse in carjack terror' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Herald'.
Robin Schiller reports that a "terrified nurse was car-jacked by a blood-soaked thug just yards from the hospital where she works".
The incident occurred at 6.30am yesterday morning outside Temple Street Children's Hospital as the nurse, who is in her mid-thirties, was getting into her vehicle. Gardai are investigating the incident.
The 'Irish Daily Star' carries an exclusive interview with Tanaiste Joan Burton which makes its front page under the headline 'Kim Fein'.
Political Correspondent Catherine Halloran reports that the Labour leader has "blasted political rivals Sinn Fein - comparing the party to dictator Kim Jong-Un's North Korea.
She said the republican party's structure under Gerry Adams is "authoritarian".
"They have had the same leader for almost 32 years. To find a comparison in the modern world you would have to look to North Korea to have that long-term leadership," she said.
The Dunnes Stores strike features on the front page of today's 'Irish Times'.
'Cross-party support for Dunnes strikers' is the headline above the article in which it is reported that Dunnes Stores is coming under pressure from across the political spectrum to make moves to resolve the industrial dispute.
Yesterday saw more than 5,000 staff , who belong to the Mandate union, stage a one day strike and picket some 109 stores across the country.
A recent picture of 'Black Widow' Catherine Nevin appears on the front page of today's 'Irish Daily Mirror' under the headline 'She's back on the streets'.
Emma McMenamy writes that Nevin (62) - who was jailed for life in April 2000 for the murder of her publican husband Tom - is out on unsupervised temporary release and took a bus across the city on Wednesday afternoon to attend a course.
The father of a teenage boy with autism features on the front page of today's 'Irish Examiner'. The newspaper reports that children from around the country have been sending cards and gifts to the 14-year-old boy who was attacked by a gang of teenagers in Carrigaline, Co Cork.
The incident occurred earlier this week and the boy was forced to swallow twigs and made expose himself to the gang, who later uploaded video of the attack to social media.
The boy's father Liam Davin said he hoped the individuals responsible would be dealt with "severely" for what they had done to his young son.