What it says in the papers
Published 24/04/2015 | 06:54
Here are the seven stories you need to know about
'Urban-rural gulf widens as capital speeds ahead' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Independent'.
Charlie Weston reports that "the country is gripped by a two-tier recovery, as Dublin powers ahead but rural towns and villages stagnate".
A new study finds that people living in the capital are far more confident about their personal finances than those living in the rest of the country. "The findings of the report by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and KBC Bank suggest the rural-urban gulf is widening," the newspaper reports.
The front page carries a picture of smiling gardai Rachel Killeen, from Clare, Aoife McEvoy from Meath and Claire Healy from Cork, attending the Garda graduation ceremony in Templemore, Co Tipperary, yesterday. 'The grin blue line' is the headline.
'Killer's threat to my family' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Herald'. Robin Schiller reports that one of Dublin's most notorious killers "has made death threats to a prison officer and his family".
The threat led to a security assessment by gardai.
The officer said: "Luas workers are better protected than us".
'Couple 'shot and buried'' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Daily Star'. The newspaper reports that gardai fear that young couple Willie Maughan (34) and Anna Varslavane (21) have "been shot and secretly buried". They have been missing for ten days.
'Major tensions existed between IBRC and Department of Finance' is the headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Times' newspaper.
The newspaper reports that the tensions between both "went well beyond Siteserv".
"Relations were so bad that Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said shortly after the Siteserv sale that there was now a serious problem as he was not confident in reporting on IBRC' affairs to the Dail," the report states.
"Among the controversies between the IBRC and the Department were the way it conducted a number of other deals, pay and appointments at the banks, and the way it handled a number of its major borrowers."
'HSE 'clique' accused of covering up foster care sex abuse' is one of the main headlines on the front page of today's 'Irish Examiner' newspaper. The newspaper reports there have been calls across all parties for an investigation into the "HSE's handling of claims that up to 40 intellectually disabled children were sexually abused by a foster care family over two decades".
An investigation must be set up as it was alleged a "clique of HSE managers covered up the abuse," the Dail's Public Accounts Committee heard yesterday.
Paul O'Connell makes the back page of today's 'Irish Independent Sport'.
Ruaidhri O'Connor writes that the Ireland captain "will not be released from his contract early to facilitate a move to Toulon", according to IRFU performance director David Nucifora.
Toulon are interested in bringing O'Connell to the south of Frances, but such a move is off the table according to Nucifora, who handles player contracts for the IRFU.