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Published 01/07/2015 | 06:50

Emergency services, Irish Coastguard and the RNLI pictured near Baltimore, co. Cork where two people have died and a third is missing'
Pic Paul Cunningham/Provision
Emergency services, Irish Coastguard and the RNLI pictured near Baltimore, co. Cork where two people have died and a third is missing' Pic Paul Cunningham/Provision
Pro-Euro protesters attend a rally in front of the parliament building, in Athens, yesterday
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are to divorce after 10 years of marriage (Invision/AP)
Health Minister Leo Varadkar
Martin O'Neill

'Three feared dead after family swept into sea' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Independent'.

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Ralph Riegel, Adam Cullen and Mark O'Regan report that two people have died and a third person is feared drowned after a tragic coastal accident in West Cork.

Emergency services, Irish Coastguard and the RNLI pictured near Baltimore, co. Cork where two people have died and a third is missing'
Pic Paul Cunningham/Provision
Emergency services, Irish Coastguard and the RNLI pictured near Baltimore, co. Cork where two people have died and a third is missing' Pic Paul Cunningham/Provision

The group were walking along the rocks near the Beacon, outside Baltimore, when they were apparently swept into the sea by a freak wave. The three were father Barry Ryan, aged in his 50s and originally from Baltimore, his son Barry David Ryan, aged in his 20s, and the young man's girlfriend Niamh O'Connor, from Cork city and also in her 20s.

It is understood Mr Ryan's teenage daughter was also among the group when the group when the accident occurred. However, she was not swept into the sea and managed to raise the alarm shortly before 6pm.

A huge rescue operation was launched with involvement from the Irish Coastguard and three units from the RNLI. The bodies of Mr Ryan Snr and Ms O'Connor were recovered from the sea a short time later. The search continues for Mr Ryan Jnr.

'Greece seeks new bailout as default looms' is the second headline on the front page today. It reports how the Greek government made an "audacious 11th hour bid just hours before being set to become the first development world country to default on the IMF".

Tourists visit the ancient Acropolis hill in Athens as Greek voters prepare to decide in a referendum on Sunday on whether their government should accept an economic reform package. Photo: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images
Tourists visit the ancient Acropolis hill in Athens as Greek voters prepare to decide in a referendum on Sunday on whether their government should accept an economic reform package. Photo: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images
Pro-European Union protester demonstrate in front of the parliament in Athens
Pro-Euro protestors gather on Constitution (Syntagma) square in front of the parliament building, in Athens, Greece
Pro-Euro protesters attend a rally in front of the parliament building, in Athens, yesterday
Pensioners discuss politics while waiting at a national bank’s ATM to withdraw some money in the Greek capital Athens yesterday
A man searches the contents of a public trash bin on a street in Thessaloniki, Greece
An employee of a foreign exchange trading company stands in front of monitors displaying the current exchange rate of the Japanese yen against the Euro in Tokyo. Photo: Reuters
An elderly man waits to receive his pension outside the National Bank of Greece headquarters in Athens (AP)

Greece asked for a two-year deal worth up to €30bn to keep the country afloat until 2017. A picture shows a number of pro-European protesters gathered outside parliament in Athens last night calling for a 'Yes' vote in this weekend's referendum.

'Ben & Jen - We've Split' is one of the main headlines on the front page of today's 'Herald'.

The newspaper reports how Hollywood stars Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have called time on their marriage - just a day after their tenth anniversary.

The couple - who have three children aged nine, six and three - issued a statement yesterday evening confirming the split.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are to divorce after 10 years of marriage (Invision/AP)
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are to divorce after 10 years of marriage (Invision/AP)
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have been married for nine years after jetting off to a secret wedding in 2005 after meeting on the set of Daredevil.
Power couple: Ben and Jennifer.
They maintain a low-key lifestyle and shun the limelight

"After much thought and careful consideration, we have the made the difficult decision to divorce. We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time," the statement read.

It's reported that Affleck will continue to live on the couple's property in another house in bid to bring their children up together.

Ireland's health service needs another €1 billion of investment just to meet existing demand, according to Minister for Health Leo Varadkar in a piece he wrote for today's 'Irish Times'.

Even more than that amount is required to cope with a growing and ageing population, he has warned.

Health Minister Leo Varadkar
Health Minister Leo Varadkar

'It's a miracle our Collette walked away from death plane' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Daily Star'.

The report covers an incident in which Collette Kenny (26) was involved in a light aircraft crash in California. The plane she was travelling in struck a mobile phone tower, killing the pilot. Collette managed to survive and is currently recovering in hospital.

It's understood Collette was travelling in the plane as part of a sight-seeing trip.

'Softer stance on water bill defaulters' is one of the main headlines on the front page of today's 'Irish Examiner'.

The paper reports on how people who refuse to pay their Irish Water bills will not be brought to court until their debt reaches €500, thereby delaying any court cases until 2017, or after the General Election in 2016.

Ireland manager Martin O'Neill's future is the main story in today's 'Irish Independent Sport'.

'O'Neill linked to Foxes return' is the headline. John Fallon reports that Mr O'Neill was last night linked with a shock Premier League return after Leicester City sacked Nigel Pearson.

The Derryman is contracted to the FAI until the end of the current European Championship qualification campaign but could be tempted if Leicester's Thai owners offer a route back into England's top flight.

Martin O'Neill
Martin O'Neill

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