What it says in the papers
Published 08/05/2015 | 07:02
Here are the stories you need to know about today.
'Watchdog refuses to water down damning HSE report' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Independent'.
Eilish O'Regan reports on how the country's health watchdog - HIQA - has refused to water down its damning report into HSE patient safety standards at a hospital where five babies died in similar circumstances.
"The 200-page report by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) into baby deaths at Portlaoise Hospital is hugely critical of failures in governance and leadership across the HSE.
"The highly public row between the watchdog and the HSE has further undermined confidence in the health service.
"The HSE had threatened to seek an injunction against publishing the report, claiming some findings amounted to 'reckless endangerment'.
"However, HIQA rejected 102 detailed submissions from the HSE and will today release the full outcome of its investigation," the report states.
The front page carries a picture of Conservative Party leader David Cameron and his wife Samantha leaving after voting in their constituency in central England yesterday. The newspaper reports that Cameron is in pole position to take his party back into government. An early exit poll showed his party were ten seats short of a majority last night, putting them at 316 seats. However, counting overnight suggests that the party could be on course to win a majority, or close to the 326 seats needed for it.
'I've lost my girls' is the main headline on the front page of the 'Herald' today. David Raleigh reports how a heartbroken father whose Irish wife and two-year-old daughter died in a crash in Poland has said: "I've lost everything."
Irish mum Yvonne Buchtrup (30), from Limerick, and her daughter Ella died after car crashed into them in Poland.
Her devastated Danish husband Soren described his wife and daughter as "the two most important girls in my life". The couple's six-month-old baby son Noah survived the crash.
'It's too late late Pat!' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Daily Star'.
The newspaper reports that Pat Kenny's hopes of returning to the small screen with RTE "have been dashed".
Earlier this week, Kenny told the 'RTE Guide' that he hoped to do some TV projects with RTE after a period of "cleansing" following his defection to commercial broadcaster Newstalk.
However, the Star reports that bosses in Montrose are angry at his assertion that axing his popular programme 'The Frontline' was a mistake, and have insisted the State broadcaster is "performing very well without him".
Today's 'Irish Times' carries a picture of people dressed in period costume remembering the Lusitania which sank 100 years ago. People dressed in period costume gathered during the centenary commemorations in the Old Church Cemetery in Cobh, Co Cork. Some 1,200 people lost their lives in the tragedy which occurred when the liner was sunk by a German submarine during World War One.
'Social worker put on leave after unidentified files found' is one of the main headlines on the front page of today's 'Irish Examiner'.
The newspaper reports that the social worker who is based in the midlands, and employed by the Child and Family Agency Tusla, has been put on administrative leave following the "discovery" of hundreds of "unidentified" child protection files from the Laois/Offaly area.
However, trade union Impact is demanding the individual's reinstatement on the basis "of what it claims is 'false information' circulated by Tusla in the wake of the find".
'Get Out' is the main headline in today's 'Irish Daily Mirror'. The newspaper reports how a family with five children "face being booted out on the streets today after living in a hotel for 11 weeks".
Mum Stacey told the newspaper they have nowhere else left to go. According to the 'Mirror', the family have been on a housing list for ten years and have been staying in a Travelodge hotel in Cork for the last 11 weeks.