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Published 25/08/2015 | 06:51

Darragh Doherty
Darragh Doherty
A Chinese investor monitors stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing as stocks tumble
Irish Water boss John Tierney and then-Environment Minister Phil Hogan are all smiles at the announcement of Irish Water's Cork call centre in May 2013
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt

'Pension funds battered after the "Great Fall of China"' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Independent'.

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Colm Kelpie reports that shares, private pension funds and oil prices took a battering amid concerns over the slowing Chinese economy, on what became known as 'Black Monday' on the stock markets.

A broker sits in front of screens showing share prices at a securities brokerage in Hong Kong
A broker sits in front of screens showing share prices at a securities brokerage in Hong Kong
A man walks by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City. As the global economy continues to react from events in China, markets dropped significantly around the world on Monday
A Chinese investor monitors stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing as stocks tumble

Markets from Shanghai to Paris and New York all slumped in what commentators quickly dubbed "The Great Fall of China". The volatility centres on fears that the worlds' second biggest economy is slowing.

The front page also carries a picture of Holly Gregg (11) from Clondalkin in Dublin who helped light 250 candles on Poolbeg pier in memory of the 250,000 people who have died in the Syria conflict. 'A ray of light for Syria' is the headline.

'RTE's €2m bill for travel costs' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Herald'. Sharon McGowan reports how the national broadcaster has spent more than €2m on travel expenses for their stars at home and abroad. The broadcaster's bill for 2014 is a jump of €165,000 on 2013 - a near 10pc increase.

'Rising GAA star killed in horror smash' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Daily Star'. Darragh Doherty (19) - an All-Ireland medal winner with the Mayo minor team - was one of seven people to lose their lives on Irish roads over the weekend. He died after the car he was travelling in crashed into a wall in Ballinrobe, Co Mayo.

Darragh, from Kilmaine, would have turned 20 next month. His club teammate Niall Heneghan was injured in the collision and is recovering in Mayo General Hospital today.

'Unionists warns on "fudging" allegations about IRA' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Times'.

Darragh Doherty
Darragh Doherty
Darragh Doherty, Mayo, celebrates after the game. Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Final, Tyrone v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Darragh Doherty, Mayo, celebrates after the game. Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Final, Tyrone v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

The newspaper reports that unionist politicians have warned there must be no "fudging" when it comes to the response to alleged IRA involvement of Republican Kevin McGuigan.

It comes as Tanaiste Joan Burton entered the fray by claiming the IRA was still linked to "murdering and racketeering".

Kevin McGuigan
Kevin McGuigan

'Labour critical of Fine Gael on water charges' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Examiner'.

The former Environment Minister Phil Hogan's handling of Irish Water "has been strongly criticised by a Labour minister who attacked the former Fine Gael minister for "threatening people" over the charges".

Irish Water boss John Tierney and then-Environment Minister Phil Hogan are all smiles at the announcement of Irish Water's Cork call centre in May 2013
Irish Water boss John Tierney and then-Environment Minister Phil Hogan are all smiles at the announcement of Irish Water's Cork call centre in May 2013

Equality Minister Aodhan O Riordain said the situation had improved considerably since Labour took over the department under minister Alan Kelly.

'Schmidt would have to quit Ireland to lead Lions lead Lions in New Zealand' is one of the main headlines on today's 'Irish Independent Sport'.

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt speaks to the players ahead of the game. Rugby World Cup Warm-Up Match. Ireland v Scotland. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Joe Schmidt is anxious to give as many players as possible a chance to prove themselves
Joe Schmidt was happy to see his team tested
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt in conversation with Ian Madigan during squad training. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Lions chief John Feehan says the race to coach the Lions in New Zealand in 2017 is down to two or three front-runners but wanted that the chosen man could not play any role in that year's Six Nations, Ruaidhri O Connor.

Ireland boss Joe Schmidt is the bookies' favourite to get the job in two years' time - but he recently signed a two year extension to his contract that will take him to June 2017.

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