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Published 21/07/2015 | 06:57

British comedian Lee Nelson (out of picture) throws cash at Sepp Blatter during an Executive Committee Meeting at FIFA Headquarters, Zurich. Photo: PA
British comedian Lee Nelson (out of picture) throws cash at Sepp Blatter during an Executive Committee Meeting at FIFA Headquarters, Zurich. Photo: PA
Dafydd Hughes after attack on O'Connell Street
Paul Dunne

'Nursing home residents' assets to be scrutinised' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Independent'.

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Eilish O'Regan reports that nursing home residents who fail to honestly declare personal assets and income are to be targeted in a major clampdown.

A review of the Fair Deal scheme, which will cost €1.5bn this year, says that there are major weaknesses in the means-testing of residents who apply for financial support.

The article states that the HSE relies heavily on the honesty of applicants, but a sample HSE survey of nursing home residents who died found a quarter had under-declared their cash assets.

'No end to slump in farm-gate milk price' is the other headline. Darragh McCullough and John Downing report that analysts are warning that milk prices are set to spend up to six months at record lows.

"The Government is preparing itself for a General Election backlash from dairy farmers who are struggling in the wake of the abolition of the quotas," the report states.

British comedian Lee Nelson (out of picture) throws cash at Sepp Blatter during an Executive Committee Meeting at FIFA Headquarters, Zurich. Photo: PA
British comedian Lee Nelson (out of picture) throws cash at Sepp Blatter during an Executive Committee Meeting at FIFA Headquarters, Zurich. Photo: PA

The front page carries a picture of FIFA's outgoing president Sepp Blatter being showered with dollar bills by a prankster during a FIFA executive committee meeting at the organisations' headquarters in Zurich yesterday.

'Tourist glassed after two hours in city' is the headline on the front page of today's 'Herald'. Alan O'Keeffe reports how tourist Dafydd Hughes (45) was Dublin less than two hours when he was attacked in the city centre.

Dafydd Hughes after attack on O'Connell Street
Dafydd Hughes after attack on O'Connell Street
Dafydd Hughes displays the injury he received in an unprovoked attack on O’Connell Street in Dublin

The front page features a picture of Mr Hughes after the attack in a blood-soaked t-shirt. He was standing waiting for a tour bus on O'Connell Street when a man smashed a glass bottle over his head and threatened to "gouge" his eye out. Mr Hughes was with his two teenage sons and his sister at the time.

One Direction star Niall Horan features on the front page of today's 'Irish Daily Star' along with fellow pop stars Justin Bieber and Cody Simpson. '1D Niall in Bieber 'pipe' shock' is the headline. The newspaper reports how a video of Niall partying with Justin and Cody has "sparked shock among millions of fans last night".

Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson at Glastonbury
(Left - right) Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson of One Direction perform on stage during Capital FM's Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium, London.

"A suspicious yellow glass pipe - which can be used to smoke cannabis - is clearly visible as the trio jam," the newspaper reports.

The image was recorded on Cody's snapchat account. There is nothing suggest the three young men took any drugs in the short video clip.

Greystones man Paul Dunne features on the front page of today's 'Irish Times'.

The amateur golfer has garnered the respect of professional golfers, reports the newspaper, following his impressive participation in the British Open over the weekend. Coverage of the British Open also features in today's 'Irish Independent Sport'.

Ireland’s Paul Dunne jumps in the air to see the fairway on the second hole after hitting after hitting his tee shot onto the practice green at St Andrews
Ireland’s Paul Dunne jumps in the air to see the fairway on the second hole after hitting after hitting his tee shot onto the practice green at St Andrews
Paul Dunne
20/07/15 Helga Hayden-Smyth pictured watching Paul Dunne playing in the British Open at his local club, Greystones Golf Club this afternoon.. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
20/07/15 pictured watching Paul Dunne playing in the British Open at his local club, Greystones Golf Club this afternoon.. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
A poor start cost Irish amateur Paul Dunne at the Open
Paul Dunne on the 9th during day five of The Open Championship 2015 at St Andrews, Fife.

Jose Mourinho also features on the back pages as he lines up a bid for Everton defender John Stones.

Mourinho sees Stones as successor to John Terry and wants to make the 21-year-old his big summer signing. It's thought they might have to pay as much as €34 million for him.

Everton's John Stones
Everton's John Stones
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has admitted bidding for Everton defender John Stones, pictured

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