What it says in the papers
Here are the seven stories you need to know about today
Published 23/07/2015 | 07:01
'The middle-class buy off: property tax to be frozen' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Independent'.
Lise Hand, reporting from Lissadell where yesterday's Cabinet meeting was held, reports the Coalition is planning a freeze on property tax for an extra two years, in a pre-election sop to the middle classes.
The move is targeted at voters - in Dublin in particular - who were worried that the rise in house prices would result in far higher property tax bills.
The front page carries a picture of a smiling Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton at a press conference outside Lissadell House in Co Sligo yesterday.
The property tax story also makes the front page of today's 'Herald'.
'Insurers won't cover cars older than 15 years' is the second headline. Paul Melia reports that two of the country's biggest motor insurers are refusing cover to new customers driving cars 15 years old or more. The move by Aviva and Allianz will limit the ability of up to 250,000 car owners with vehicles registered before 2000 to switch insurers to get lower premiums.
The firms claim such cars carry a higher risk and are more likely to be used to make fraudulent claims.
'Schmidt: €1.7m deal but All Blacks may swoop' is one of the headlines on the front page of today's 'Herald'.
Des Berry reports that Schmidt has extended his Ireland contract by just one more year, leaving the New Zealander open to moving on in 2017. It's believed there will be a vacancy for the All Blacks job in 2017 leaving some to speculate that Schmidt could be preparing to move back to his native country then.
'Hospital apology means nothing' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Daily Star'. The father of a three-year-old girl who suffered cerebral palsy at birth due to deficiency of care has slammed the hospital's apology as "utterly meaningless and totally self-serving".
Ruary Martin said a payment of €1.9 million from the HSE could not compensate for the damage done to his daughter Milagros at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth.
"Irish developer's group pays €170m for Ballsbridge site' is one of the main headlines on the front page of today's 'Irish Times'.
The newspaper reports how foreign investors are part of the deal to purchase property bankrupt developer Sean Dunne bought for €400 million. Mr Dunne bought the former Doyle hotel sites and had an ambitious plan to turn the D4 area into Knightsbridge-style quarter. However, his plans were met with opposition and fell apart when the global credit crunch struck in 2008.
'Reilly pledges generous plan for childcare' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Examiner'.
The newspaper reports that a generous childcare package to extend parental leave, pre-school care and to pay private creche fees for parents is currently being considered by the Government.
Minister for Children James Reilly presented his proposed plans and promised to roll out some elements later this year - however, a figure as to how much these would cost was not available.
'€500,0000 shortfall costs Dubs NAMA site' is one of the main stories in today's 'Irish Independent Sport'.
Martin Breheny reports that Dublin's plans to buy the landmark Spawell site on the city's southside for development as a GAA complex were foiled by just €500,000 - the cost of 6,250 All-Ireland tickets.
It had been reported that the GAA's offer for the 35-acre site in Templeogue was just €100,000 short of the eventual selling price, but sources close to the deal insist it was around five times that amount. If bought by the GAA, it would have enabled them to erect a stadium with a capacity for 25,000