What it says in the papers
Here are the seven stories you need to know about today
Published 05/08/2015 | 06:17
'Surge in new home building - but half are one-off' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Independent'.
Environment Editor Paul Melia reports that the rise in the number of homes being built is actually driven by one-off houses outside of urban centres.
Building in parts of Dublin and the commuter belt has actually slowed down, despite a severe housing shortage.
Official figures show that some 5,625 houses and apartments have been completed so far this year - up 16pc on the same period in 2014.
Despite this apparent surge, construction activity is happening in the wrong areas, and the number of homes being built is still way below that need to meet demand.
The front page also carries a picture of Special Olympics athlete Paul Keane with his six-month-old niece Mila at Dublin Airport yesterday. Mila was among the hundreds of supporters gathered at the airport to give the Irish Special Olympics team members a rousing welcome upon their return home from the Special Olympics in Los Angeles. Paul did Team Ireland proud - he won a gold, three silver and a bronze medal in gymnastics. 'Home are the heroes' is the caption.
'Time to give term 'Wag' the red card blasts Amy' is the headline on story on page three of today's 'Herald'.
In an interview with 'Irish Tatler', the actress, who is married to retired Irish rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll, said she finds the tag "derogatory".
"I hated being labelled a wag when Brian was playing," she said. "People would say: 'Why do you care? It means you're his wife'. But it doesn't," she told the magazine.
'Politicians condemn O'Brien's decisions to sue TDs' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Times'.
The newspaper reports how leading politicians in both the Government and the Opposition have united in their condemnation of businessman Denis O'Brien's bid to sue members of the Oireachtas Committee on Procedure and Privileges (CPP).
'Kenny intends to lead into next decade' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Examiner'.
The newspaper reports that Taosieach Enda Kenny intends to remain Taoiseach into the next decade after winning the 2021 general election.
His intentions were revealed by chief whip Paul Kehoe, who is also a close ally of Mr Kenny.
It's thought Mr Kenny's plans will come as a blow to any leadership aspirations that may be held by Simon Coveney or Leo Varadkar, whom many have tipped to take the helm when Mr Kenny retires or stands aside.
The 'Irish Daily Star' reports on a vicious mugging of an elderly woman in Limerick. The victim had just returned home from bingo on Sunday night to her home when she was attacked and her handbag robbed. It contained just €20. The woman is now in a critical condition in hospital. The newspaper reports that the victim was "hung upside down by thug".
'World Cup places are on the line, Easterby warns Six Nations stars' is the main headline in today's 'Irish Independent Sport'.
Ruaidhri O Connor writes that Simon Easterby has warned Ireland's double Six Nations winners that they cannot take their place in Joe Schmidt's World Cup squad for granted.