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Published 02/09/2015 | 06:16

Taoiseach Enda Kenny inspects a Guard of Honour drawn from the LÉ James Joyce's company before the naming and commissioning ceremony for the Irish naval vessel in Dún Laoghaire Photo: Frank McGrath
Taoiseach Enda Kenny inspects a Guard of Honour drawn from the LÉ James Joyce's company before the naming and commissioning ceremony for the Irish naval vessel in Dún Laoghaire Photo: Frank McGrath
Darron Gibson leaving court
Peter Robinson
Lisa Cannon
Pope Francis
1 September 2015; Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt during a press conference. Ireland Rugby Press Conference, Carton House, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE

'Knives are out for Kenny after garda "sacking" report' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Independent'.

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Niall O'Connor, Philip Ryan and John Downing report that Taoiseach Enda Kenny's claim he is in the clear after the report into the controversial retirement of Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan has been dismissed as "spin".

Taoiseach Enda Kenny inspects a Guard of Honour drawn from the LÉ James Joyce's company before the naming and commissioning ceremony for the Irish naval vessel in Dún Laoghaire Photo: Frank McGrath
Taoiseach Enda Kenny inspects a Guard of Honour drawn from the LÉ James Joyce's company before the naming and commissioning ceremony for the Irish naval vessel in Dún Laoghaire Photo: Frank McGrath
The report has effectively cleared Enda Kenny of sacking Callinan
Taoiseach Enda Kenny during the commissioning ceremony for the LÉ James Joyce in Dublin yesterday. Photo: Frank McGrath

Mr Kenny's reaction to the Fennelly Commission was met with the most trenchant attacks on the Taoiseach during his time in power.

The Fennelly Commission found that Mr Kenny "did not intend to put pressure on the Garda Commissioner to retire" when he dispatched Department of Justice Secretary General Brian Purcell to Mr Callinan's Dublin home late at night.

Retired Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan . Pic Tom Burke 23/1/14
Retired Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan . Pic Tom Burke 23/1/14

Yet the inquiry also states Mr Purcell's visit was "likely to be interpreted as doing just that" and was the "immediate catalyst" for Mr Callinan's shock decision to retire.

The front page carries a picture of Mr Kenny inspecting a Guard of Honour drawn from the LE James Joyce's company before the naming and commissioning ceremony for the Irish naval vessel in Dun Laoghaire yesterday.

The former garda commissioner's departure also features on the front page of today's 'Herald', and the headline reads 'What was on Callinan's phone?'

Niall O'Connor reports that potentially valuable information from the former commissioner was lost after his personal papers were shredded and his phone SIM card was not returned to gardai.

Coverage of this investigation and its political fall-out feature on all the front pages today.

'Gibson's drunken rampage "after row with wife"' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Daily Star'.

Gibson leaves court yesterday with his wife, Danielle Carter
Gibson leaves court yesterday with his wife, Danielle Carter
Gibson pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol, driving without due care and attention and failing to stop after a crash when he collided with three cyclists that had stopped to fix a broken chain
Everton footballer Darron Gibson (right) leaves Trafford Magistrates' Court in Sale, Cheshire, where he was sentenced to a 12-month community order and banned from driving for 20 months after he ploughed into three cyclists and drove off.
Darron Gibson leaving court

The newspaper reports how the Ireland and Everton midfielder blamed a row with his wife as the reason why he drunkenly drove his sports car into three cyclists.

He was yesterday sentenced to a 12-month community order and banned from driving for 20 months after he entered guilty pleas at Traford Magistrates' court.

GUEST: Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson was in Dublin for summit
GUEST: Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson was in Dublin for summit
Peter Robinson

''Robinson warns of DUP "unilateral action" on crisis' is one of the headlines on the front page of today's 'Irish Times'.

The newspaper reports that First Minister Peter Robinson has said he will take "unilateral action" if the Northern Assembly is "not adjourned or suspended for at least four weeks to allow for all-party talks on the ongoing crisis".

Speculation is growing that following movement in Belfast, Dublin and London, a new round of talks is set to begin in a bid to end the crisis which has centred on the existence of the IRA following the murder of republican Kevin McGuigan.

TV3 star Lisa Cannon features on the front page of the 'Irish Sun'.

Lisa Cannon
Lisa Cannon
Aisling O'Loughlin and Lisa Cannon at Lisa's 'sten'
Aisling O'Loughlin and Lisa Cannon at Lisa's 'sten'

The Xpose host is due to tie the knot tomorrow with fiance Richard Keatley in Florence - and they are using the same catering company that Kanye West and Kim Kardashian used for their nuptials, according to the newspaper.

'Priests welcome Pope's letter to forgive abortion' is a headline that features on the front page of today's 'Irish Examiner'.

It's reported that priests have welcomed a letter from Pope Francis allowing them discretion to formally forgive women who have had abortions.

Pope Francis
Pope Francis

The letter was published yesterday and states that priest would be able to grant forgiveness on abortion during the Holy Year which begins on December 8th to November 26th next year.

'Schmidt aiming for semi-final history' is the main headline in today's 'Irish Independent Sport'.

Ruaidhri O'Connor reports that Joe Schmidt is targeting a first World Cup semi-final in Ireland's history at this month's tournament after confirming his 31-man squad.

1 September 2015; Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt during a press conference. Ireland Rugby Press Conference, Carton House, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
1 September 2015; Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt during a press conference. Ireland Rugby Press Conference, Carton House, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE

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