What it says in the papers
Published 29/05/2015 | 07:06
Here are the seven stories you need to know about today.
'Public pay bonanza' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Independent'.
Niall O'Connor reports that civil servants are set to get a €1,000 salary hike from the New Year, with the promise of a fresh round of pay hikes in 2017, "as Labour seeks to buy their support in the coming general election".
'Shock rise in health premiums' is the other headline. Charlie Weston reports that health premiums are to rise at Aviva, just weeks after thousands of people took out health cover for the first time.
A picture of former Financial Regulator Patrick Neary arriving at the Banking Inquiry appears on the front page. The headline reads: '"I'm deeply sorry" - bank watchdog who didn't bark but is still on €140,000 pension'.
'Teens quizzed on brutal gun murder' is the headline on the front page of today's 'Herald'.
Ken Foy and Robin Schiller report that gardai hunting a hitman following Wednesday night's murder of Alan O'Neill (35) in Tallaght, have arrested two teenagers.
"It has now emerged that row may have been the chief motive for the dad-of-one's killing, rather than anything to do with organised crime," the report states.
Neighbours described Mr O'Neill as a "decent man". He was shot three times in Kiltalown Road in Tallaght before being rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead a short while later.
'Lifesavers' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Daily Mirror'.
The newspaper reports how Irish Navy sailors aboard the LE Eithne helped save 201 stranded asylum seekers in the Mediterranean yesterday, north of Libya. A baby was among those rescued from certain death.
The 'Irish Times' carries a report on their front page under the headline: 'Subsidised after-school care and paid paternity leave under consideration'.
The report says both of these measures are being considered by the Coalition Government. A group was appointed by Minister for Children James Reilly to examine the issue and are to issue their final report by the end of next month.
'Mountain to climb for McIlroy' is the main headline in today's 'Irish Independent Sport'. Liam Kelly reports on Rory McIlroy's disappointing performance in the Irish Open yesterday which sees him struggling to make the cut.
However, Padraig Harrington soared to new heights with a super 67 for joint leadership at Royal County Down.