What it says in the papers
Published 18/05/2015 | 07:01
Here are the seven stories you need to know about today.
'Teaching on gay marriage set for court, church claims' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Independent'.
Sarah McDonald and Daniel McConnell report that "the Government has clashed with the Catholic hierarchy over claims teachers who uphold Catholic policy on marriage will be taken to court if the same-sex marriage referendum is passed".
The news comes just four days before polling day. In a series of letters read out at Masses yesterday, bishops sent out a last-ditch message urging the faithful to vote 'No'.
Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan warned of critical times for marriage.
"It will become difficult to speak or teach in public about marriage as being between a man and a woman. There could be be lawsuits against individuals and groups who do not share this vision," he said.
He also asked: "What will we be expected to teach children in school about marriage or about homosexual acts?"
Communications Minister Alex White has rejected the claim.
"There is absolutely no basis whatsoever for any suggestions that the church - the Catholic Church of any church - would be constricted or constrained in any way," Mr White said.
The front page carries a picture from yesterday's Ulster SFC tie between victorious Donegal and Tyrone. The picture shows Donegal's Neil Gallagher and Tyrone's Sean Cavanagh tussle off the ball during the heated clash in Ballybofey, Co Donegal. The caption reads: 'First Blood to Donegal'.
'Sisters beaten in 20-hour hostage ordeal' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Herald'.
Adam Cullen reports how two sisters were "brutally beaten, tied up and held hostage on a date with two men they met on Facebook'.
Amy (21) and Nicole Rice (19), from Tallaght in Dublin, were treated in hospital following the assault by two assailants they met online two weeks ago.
The sisters say they were held hostage by both men for 20 hours last Thursday and Friday.
"I was so scared," said Amy. "I thought we were going to die. I was full sure they were going to kill us."
Gardai are investigating.
Today's 'Irish Daily Star' features the story of tragic Dublin teenager Ana Hick (18).
Ana also features on the front pages of today's 'Irish Sun', 'Irish Daily Mirror' and 'Irish Daily Mail'.
Aspiring actress Ana was the only daughter of her grieving mother Elga Hick.
Ana collapsed outside a Dublin nightclub in the early hours of Saturday morning and was rushed to the Mater Hospital where she passed away yesterday evening at 5.30pm, just two days before her 19th birthday.
Gardai in Store Street are investigating the teenager's sudden death and are urging people with information to come forward.
Today's 'Irish Times' leads on a poll showing support for political parties.
According to the Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll, support for Fine Gael has increased by 4pc to 28pc, while support for Sinn Fein has fallen three points to 21pc. Fianna Fail has gained three points to bring its support to 20pc, while support for Independents/Others has decreased by four points, bringing it to 24pc. Support for Labour has stagnated - the party now stands at 7pc, no change since the last poll.
Two little girls and their daddy from Ballydangan, Co Roscommon, feature on the front page of today's 'Irish Examiner' newspaper.
Little Siofra Gallacher (8) made her First Holy Communion on Saturday and kept her dress and hair pristine so she could greet her father Mark at Dublin Airport a day later. Mark Gallacher arrived into Dublin Airport yesterday morning having completed his six-month tour of South Lebanon. Alongside Siofra stood her older sister Bronagh who sobbed with happiness after seeing her father walk through the arrivals doors.
'United fear De Gea farewell' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'The Match' in the 'Irish Independent' today.
Goalkeeper David De Gea may have played his final game for Manchester United after manager Louis van Gaal admitted the club could do no more to persuade the keeper to reject Real Madrid in favour of staying on at Old Trafford.
"It's not each to choose between two great clubs. He is Spanish and his girlfriend is Spanish, now a Spanish club is coming, his father and mother come every week or every two weeks here, so it is difficult. But we would be very happy if he stays," van Gaal said.