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Published 09/07/2015 | 07:09

Last-minute touching up: Sorcha O’Rourke from Swords and Lydia Worrell from Malahide await the new Airbus A350
Last-minute touching up: Sorcha O’Rourke from Swords and Lydia Worrell from Malahide await the new Airbus A350
'Kenny hit by revolt over 'disgusting' pension hike' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Independent'.
Plans by George Osborne for yet another cut to the UK’s corporation tax rate reminds us of the competitive nature of the foreign direct investment market
Emma Murphy spoke out about domestic violence she suffered in a video she posted to social media this week
Emma Murphy (Photo: TV3)
Matthew Sheridan before the attack
Brian McFadden and Vogue Williams

'Kenny hit by revolt over 'disgusting' pension hike' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Independent'.

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Niall O'Connor reports that Fine Gael TDs "reacted furiously after Taoiseach Enda Kenny refused to take any action to prevent 'disgusting' pension increases being paid to former ministers".

'Kenny hit by revolt over 'disgusting' pension hike' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Independent'.
'Kenny hit by revolt over 'disgusting' pension hike' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Independent'.

"A Fine Gael party meeting became heated as backbenchers turned on Mr Kenny who claimed ex-politicians like Brian Cowen and Bertie Ahern could engage in a "voluntary process" if they wanted to decline generous pension top-ups.

"There were angry at the meeting as TDs warned of a backlash from voters unless the top-ups, described as "disgusting" by one TD, were blocked," the article states.

UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne presented his budget
UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne presented his budget

'UK declares war on our corporation rate taxes' is the other headline in which Colm Kelpie reports how the UK government's decision to slash corporation tax "has piled pressure on Ireland in the battle to attract foreign investment". Chancellor for the Exchequer George Osborne, during his budget speech in Westminster yesterday, pledged to reduce tax on profits to 18pc, a full 10pc less than when he first took office in 2010.

The front page picture shows two Aer Lingus staff members - Sorcha Dunne and Lydia Worrell - at Dublin Airport yesterday getting ready for the arrival of the Airbus A350 which touched down at Dublin Airport for the first time yesterday. The airline has ordered nine of the aircraft.

Last-minute touching up: Sorcha O’Rourke from Swords and Lydia Worrell from Malahide await the new Airbus A350
Last-minute touching up: Sorcha O’Rourke from Swords and Lydia Worrell from Malahide await the new Airbus A350

'Thank you so much' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Herald'. Conor Feehan, Adam Cullen and Ken Foy report how brave Dublin mum-of-two Emma Murphy has been contacted by people all around the world thanking her for her emotional Facebook video. Emma (26) posted her video on Monday to her Facebook account alleging that she had been physically assaulted by her former boyfriend Francis Usanga and urged victims of domestic abuse to seek help.

The other story on the front page features a victim impact statement from medical student Matthew Sheridan. Mr Sheridan (24), from Cabinteely in South Dublin, told his attacker in Galway Circuit Court how he was "burned to the bone" after his Halloween costume was set alight during a night out in Galway. Mr Sheridan was a second year NUIG medical student at the time. The story also features on the front page of the 'Irish Daily Star'.

Emma Murphy spoke out about domestic violence she suffered in a video she posted to social media this week

Law graduate Brian Keane (23), with an address Templemore, Thurles, Co Tipperary, pleaded guilty to intentionally or recklessly causing serious bodily harm to Mr Sheridan. He was sentenced to five years in jail with the last 18 months suspended at Galway Circuit Court yesterday.

'Cowen admits 'miscalculation' on bailout' is the main headline on the front page of the 'Irish Times' today.

Matthew Sheridan (left) who was burnt in the assault and (right) Brian Keane.
Matthew Sheridan (left) who was burnt in the assault and (right) Brian Keane.

Former Taoiseach Brian Cowen appeared before the Banking Inquiry yesterday. He told the inquiry he did not mean to mislead the Irish public about its talks with the EU and IMF on accessing a bailout programme, accepting it was a "miscalculation" not to reveal this sooner.

Newly single Vogue Williams appears on the front page of today's 'Irish Sun'. The model is pictured "taking out the trash" outside her new home in Howth. Vogue and husband Brian McFadden revealed their three year marriage was over in a Twitter post on Tuesday night.

Former Taoiseach Brian Cowen arrives at Leinster House, Dublin, to give evidence at the Oireachtas banking inquiry
Former Taoiseach Brian Cowen arrives at Leinster House, Dublin, to give evidence at the Oireachtas banking inquiry

Finally Galway hurling is the main story in 'Irish Independent Sport'. Martin Breheny reports how the Tribesmen are to "launch a controversial bid to have the All-Ireland hurling championship run on an open draw system from 2017".

"In a blunt submission to Croke Park on championship structures, they outline a list of reasons why they are unhappy with the current format, which is based on the Leinster and Munster Championships," it's reported.

Brian McFadden and Vogue Williams
Brian McFadden and Vogue Williams
Nadia Forde, Amy Willerton and Vogue WIlliams in Ibiza
Vogue Williams shared this bikini photo in Ibiza. Picture: Instagram
Vogue Williams DJs at the Space NK Grafton Street launch party on June 19, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Clodagh Kilcoyne/Getty Images for Space NK)

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