What it says in the papers
Here are the seven stories you need to know about today
Published 28/08/2015 | 06:53
'Merkel critcises our stance on migrants' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Independent'.
Sarah Stack reports that German Chancellor Angela Merkel has criticised Ireland's failure to take a large number of refugees. The stinging attack on our opt-out to EU policies came after 50 refugees were found dead in a lorry in Austria near the Hungarian border. Chancellor Merkel said the discovery had shaken European leaders discussing the migrant crisis at a Balkans summit.
Best friends Lucy McKeown and Millie Kenny are pictured on the front page today. The two little girls got out their colouring pencils on their first day at school in Kilcolgan Educate Together National School in Co Galway. The photograph, taken by Andrew Downes, has the headline 'Little scholars take their first steps in "big school"'.
'Rail staff "too afraid" to report near misses' is the other headline on the front page.
Niall O'Connor writes that Irish Rail staff are failing to report "near misses" that could result in deaths or serious injuries for fear of being blamed by senior management. The claim was contained in a damning safety audit seen by the newspaper.
Safety experts have flagged a "lack of (trust) or a mistrust between frontline staff and management", the report states.
'Families hit by gang car scam' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Herald'.
Robin Schiller reports that "gangs are terrorising innocent families by demanding a €50 "protection fee" for cars outside their homes.
The thugs are targeting residents in Dublin's Crumlin and Kimmage on a daily basis with the extortion scam. Several cars have been vandalised so far with windscreens and wing mirrors broken as well as tyres being slashed unless residents pay up.
'Man dies after finding burglars in house' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Daily Star'.
Tributes have poured in for carpenter John O'Donoghue (62) who was found dead at his Co Limerick home last night after he found a gang of thieves ransacking his house.
The tragic incident occurred at Mr O'Donoghue's home near Toomaline in Limerick. Two men were in custody last night being questioned over the death and on suspicion on committing a burglary at his home.
'Fingleton says bank did not need bailout' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Times'.
The report states that former Irish Nationwide chief executive Michael Fingleton, who is expected to appear before the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry next week, will insist the building society was solvent on the night of the guarantee. It cost the State more than €5 billion to bail out Irish Nationwide.
'Ryan takes Kildare exit door' is the main headline in today's 'Irish Independent Sport'.
Colm Keys reports that Jason Ryan has stepped down as Kildare football manager after it became apparent that he didn't have the full support of the county's executive committee to continue for a third year.
Ryan had met with Kildare officials in recent weeks to confirm his interest in continuing on in 2016.
Ryan, who could now be a target for Tipperary, took over from Kieran McGeeney two years ago but Kildare dropped from Division 1 to Division 3 in consecutive seasons and lost heavily in Dublin and Kerry in Croke Park this summer, conceding 12 goals in both games. They did, however, beat Cork in the qualifiers.