What it says in the papers
Published 07/05/2015 | 06:50
Here are the seven stories you need to know about today.
'Noonan: some on dole are 'allergic to work'' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Independent'.
Sam Griffin and Niall O'Connor report that Finance Minister Michael Noonan has said some people are "allergic" to employment and "will never work".
Mr Noonan made his comment while promising to guarantee a job for everybody who wants one in "the next couple of years". His comments came as the Cabinet signed off on measures that will allow water charges to be deducted from people's social welfare payments.
The front page also carries a picture of Scottish First Minister and leader of the Scottish Nationalist Party Nicola Sturgeon who was marking the final day of campaigning in the UK election with a speech to activists Edinburgh. Polls are open today and counting is expected to get underway after they close at 10pm tonight.
''Bad boys' shot my dad' is the headline on the front page of today's 'Herald' and relates to the murder of John Wilson. Keith O'Neill (39), with an address at Lissadell Drive Drimnagh is pleading not guilty to Mr Wilson's murder outside his home in Ballyfermot on September 28, 2012.
The headline refers to a statement Mr Wilson's seven-year-old daughter gave to gardai. "I feel a little bit sad and a little bit happy because my dad is away from the bad boys now," the little girl said. Her statement was read out at the start of the trial in the Central Criminal Court yesterday afternoon.
''I'm going to teach a paedo a lesson'' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Daily Star'.
The headline relates to the ongoing murder trial of Ciaran Moran (29), with an address at Camden Hall, Camden Street in Dublin, who is pleading not guilty to the murder of Gerard Donnelly (36) in the Phoenix Park in November 2013.
A witness told the trial yesterday that the accused claimed to her he had killed a homeless man because the deceased had been accused of "touching young kids" and a was a garda informant. The trial is expected to continue today.
'Public service workers set for €800 windfall' is one of the main headlines on the front page of today's 'Irish Times'.
The report states that public service workers are set "to gain on average more than €800 each" as part of the Government's plant to reverse pay cuts.
The newspaper understands the Government are to allocate some €250 million to the plan which will "partially restore" pay levels for almost 3,000 public servants.
'Minister calls for injection rooms for addicts' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Examiner'. The newspaper reports that drugs minister Aodhan O Riordain has said heroin addicts "should be allowed to legally inject their drug in a medically supervised setting". The minister of state says he hopes to change the drug laws by the end of the year, and accepts there was "some convincing to be done".
A picture of Barcelona's Lionel Messi graces the back page of today's 'Irish Independent'.
The Argentine scored two goals in Barcelona's victory over Bayern Munich with fans saying he "ran the show".
The picture shows Messi beating Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer to score Barcelona's second goal in the Champions League semi-final first leg in he Nou Camp. 'Messi's touch of genius' is the headline.