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Published 28/05/2015 | 06:56

Aer Lingus Airbus A320 landing
Aer Lingus Airbus A320 landing
FIFA chief Sepp Blatter
Willie Maughan and his partner Anna Varslavane
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks up the 18th hole with an umbrella during the Pro-Am round prior to the Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 27, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

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'Secret Aer Lingus plan reveals "aggressive" cuts' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Independent'.

Aer Lingus Airbus A320 landing
Aer Lingus Airbus A320 landing
Aer Lingus planes are parked up at Dublin Airport.
The late Dennis Sheehan. Photo from U2's official website

Philip Ryan and John Mullligan write that the airline needs to make "aggressive" cuts of at least €60 million "if it hopes to compete internationally".

This is according to a confidential presentation given to senior managers at the airline last month.

The report was commissioned by the airline and recommends slashing costs with job cuts for pilots, cabin crew and catering stff.

'Fifa's Blatter "blind to the damage" he is causing football' is the second headline on the front page.

FIFA chief Sepp Blatter
FIFA chief Sepp Blatter
John Delaney, Chief Executive of the FAI

Oliver Brown, reporting from Zurich, writes how US investigators have accused officials from football's governing body Fifa of racketeering, fraud and money laundering involving millions of dollars.

Some 14 people have been indicted, with seven held in Zurich. Fifa president Sepp Blatter has not been arrested and has vowed to kick out corrupt officials.

NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks up the 18th hole with an umbrella during the Pro-Am round prior to the Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 27, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks up the 18th hole with an umbrella during the Pro-Am round prior to the Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 27, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland signs autographs during the Pro-Am round prior to the Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 27, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland signs autographs during the Pro-Am round prior to the Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 27, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Rory's father Gerry McIlroy hits a shot during the Pro-Am round prior to the Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 27, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy running between the gorse bushes during yesterday’s Pro Am event prior to today’s first round of the Irish Open at Royal County Down
Rory McIlroy will look to bounce back from a missed cut at Wentworth on home soil this week
Rory McIlroy
Ernie Els feels that Rory McIlroy’s move to America is a loss to the European Tour, and likened him to the great Seve Ballesteros as a potential iconic figure for the Tour
Rory McIlroy: 'Well, the auction was going way too slowly for my liking, so I put my hand up and said: ‘I’ll pay a hundred grand to play by myself.’ There was a few billionaires in that room, so that got their hands in their pockets'
26 May 2015; Rory McIlroy signs autographs for supporters on the putting green. Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship 2015, Practice Day 2. Royal County Down Golf Club, Co. Down. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
27 May 2015; Rory McIlroy signs an autograph for a young fan during his round. Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship 2015, Pro-Am. Royal County Down Golf Club, Co. Down. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
27 May 2015; Rory McIlroy walking on the 18th green. Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship 2015, Pro-Am. Royal County Down Golf Club, Co. Down. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

However, FAI boss John Delaney says a change of leadership in Fifa is required; "He is clearly blind to the damage that his continued grip is doing to world football," Mr Delaney writes in today's 'Irish Independent'.

The front page carries a picture of Rory McIlory during yesterday's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro-Am on his home turf in Co Down. He raised more than €140,000 for his charity's foundation. The picture shows Rory shielding himself against the rain with the caption: 'It's raining champ Rory'.

Willie Maughan and his partner Anna Varslavane
Willie Maughan and his partner Anna Varslavane

'€40k drugs in missing couple quarry' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Herald'.

Ken Foy reports that gardai "discovered over €40,000 worth of drugs in a quarry which had been searched for a missing couple feared murdered".

The quarry was previously the focus of a search by a team investigating the disappearance of Tallaght man Willie Maughan and his Latvian partner Anna Varslavane. The couple were last seen in the Gormanston area of Co Meath on April 14 last.

'U2 tour boss drops dead' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Daily Star'.

The late Dennis Sheehan. Photo from U2's official website
The late Dennis Sheehan. Photo from U2's official website
U2

The newspaper reports how Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen have been "left reeling" after their longtime tour manager Dennis Sheehan died just hours after the band performed in Los Angeles.

A distraught Bono led tributes to Mr Sheehan, who is originally from Co Waterford. "We've lost a family member," he said.

'Forensic auditors to examine St Vincent's Group' is one of the main headlines on today's 'Irish Times'.

The newspaper reports that the HSE is to commission external forensic auditors "to review financial arrangements with the St Vincent's Healthcare Group".

The group operates the publicly funded St Vincent's Hospital and St Michael's Hospital in Dublin and St Vincent's Private Hospital.

Ernie Els hits his tee shot on practice day at Royal County Down
Ernie Els hits his tee shot on practice day at Royal County Down
Ernie Els feels that Rory McIlroy’s move to America is a loss to the European Tour, and likened him to the great Seve Ballesteros as a potential iconic figure for the Tour
Ernie Els makes his way to the second tee box during the second practice day of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down yesterday (Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE)
26 May 2015; Ernie Els putts on the 1st green. Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship 2015, Practice Day 2. Royal County Down Golf Club, Co. Down. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
26 May 2015; Ernie Els makes his way to the second tee box. Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship 2015, Practice Day 2. Royal County Down Golf Club, Co. Down. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
26 May 2015; Ernie Els makes his way to the 1st tee box ahead of his practice round. Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship 2015, Practice Day 2. Royal County Down Golf Club, Co. Down. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
26 May 2015; Ernie Els hits his second shot on the 1st fairway. Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship 2015, Practice Day 2. Royal County Down Golf Club, Co. Down. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

'McIlroy can win more majors than Tiger - Els' is the main headline in today's 'Irish Independent Sport'.

Liam Kelly reports that Ernie Els "is backing Rory McIlroy to beat Tiger Woods' haul of 14 Major championships over the next 20 years"

"In 20 years' time, if he won ten (Majors)... I think he can do that.

"You know you're going to have some downs here and there, but I think he can win more than 14."

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