What it says in the papers
Here are the seven stories you need to know about today
Published 09/07/2015 | 07:09
'Kenny hit by revolt over 'disgusting' pension hike' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Independent'.
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".
"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 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.
'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'.
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.
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.
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.