What it says in the papers
Here are the seven stories you need to know about today
Published 22/07/2015 | 06:50
'A final indignity: elderly unwashed for month by HSE' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Independent'.
Eilish O'Regan reports how vulnerable young people were left a month or more without a shower or bath in a nursing home run by the HSE, a damning report has found.
Some residents also suffered the indignity of dying in old-style wards with only a thin curtain for privacy, the article states.
The Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) found there was a shortage of staff in St Patrick's Community Hospital in Summerhill, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim. The facility is home to 82 people over the age of 65, including some with dementia or who are receiving palliative care.
'Wage war looms as businesses fight rises' is the other headline on the front page. John Downing and Colm Kelpie write that a 'wage war' is in the offing as small businesses vow to fight plans to increase the minimum wage to €9.15 an hour. Vintners, hoteliers and retailers are unhappy with proposals that they should boost pay just as they are starting to recover from the recession. They argue that raising the minimum wage by 50 cent will increase expectations among higher-paid staff who will seek to maintain a fair differential.
Athletes and members of Team Ireland feature in a picture on the front page. The team were at Dublin Airport before flying to Los Angeles for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games. 'Going for gold in the City of Angels' is the headline.
'He ruined my life' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Herald'.
Sam Griffin reports that a woman told a Medical Council inquiry that her a doctor "ruined her life" after a traumatic hysterectomy in a private hospital. Helena Cruise was giving evidence in the Fitness to Practise hearing of Dr Peter Van Geene. He is facing allegations from four women. The claims will be disputed by Mr Van Geene at the hearing later today.
'The stole from sick kids' is the headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Sun'. The newspaper reports how a thieves are snatching games consoles and TVs from a children's hospital. Air con units have also been taken from Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin. A man, who regularly visits the hospital, told Today FM's Anton Savage show that he was aware of the thefts after visiting his niece in the hospital. He has now decided to buy 22 new TV sets for the hospital complete with padlocked wall brackets
'Nama faces lawsuit over €80m sale of Prague properties' is one of the main headlines on the front page of today's 'Irish Times'.
The newspaper reports Nama is in a dispute with a Czech property company that says it was excluded from the €80m sale, despite saying it would provide the highest bid.
Kerry star James O'Donoghue features in today's 'Irish Independent Sport'.
Donnchadh Boyle reports the reigning footballer of the year has rejected the notion that Kerry look to manage referees.
He was responding to suggestions that Kerry deliberately set out to influence officials as part of their approach to the game. And he also believes often what happens on the field of play between players and referees can be misinterpreted.