What it says in the papers
Published 20/05/2015 | 06:50
Here are the seven stories you need to know about today.
'Cut home loan rates or law will force you, banks told' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Independent'.
Charlie Weston reports that banks have been warned by the government that they will bring in legislation to force them to cut "exploitative" variable mortgage interest rates.
The head of the Central Bank, Patrick Honohan, has flatly told lenders to lower rates for 300,000 homeowners.
The front page of the newspaper carries a picture of British royal Prince Charles visiting the Burren where he helped rebuild a dry stone wall. It was the first day of the official four day visit to Ireland by Charles and his wife Camilla which also saw them visit NUI Galway. Charles is expected to visit in Mullaghmore in Sligo.
'Final plea to Maria's mum' is the headline on the front page of today's 'Herald'.
Ken Foy reports on how gardai have issued a picture of baby 'Maria', who was found on a roadside in rural South Dublin 12 days ago.
Gardai released the photo of the infant in a final bid to convince her mother to come forward. Gardai have emphasised that the mother is not in any trouble and they are only concerned for her welfare.
'Nash prison slash horror' is one of the headlines on the front page of today's 'Irish Daily Star'.
Serial killer Mark Nash is reported to have "slashed his own throat" in a suicide attempt on Monday morning.
Nash (42) - who is serving life for the brutal murders of four people - is reported to have stabbed himself with a "shiv" six times in Mountjoy prison.
A prison officer saved his life after he managed to staunch the blood flow before medical assistance arrived.
'Coalition confident of victory for Yes side in referendum' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Times'.
The newspaper reports that senior government figures are "increasingly confident" the same sex marriage referendum will pass.
Today is the final full day of canvassing ahead of the broadcast moratorium which will come into effect from midday tomorrow. The report claims that some government figures are predicting the 'Yes' vote will be as high as 60pc.
The referendum also features on the front page of today's 'Irish Sun'. One of their stories reports how Lucinda Creighton, leader of Renua, has issued a passionate call for a 'Yes' vote on Friday.
Lucinda told the newspaper: "This is the end point of a long journey our gay friends, sisters and brothers have had to make.
"Many argue that in a better, kinder Republic, it is a journey they should never have had to make at all. For too long, too many people have lived in the shadows - Friday offers the Irish people a real opportunity to put right that which was wrong," she said.
'Parents accuse HSE of hospital cover-up' is one of the headlines on the front page of today's 'Irish Examiner'.
The paper reports that bereaved parents "have accused the HSE of covering up warning signs in relation to baby deaths at Portlaoise Hospital".
Mark and Roisin Molloy, whose baby son Mark died shortly after his birth in January 2012 at the hospital, appeared before an Oireachtas committee to tell of their experience there.