What it says in the papers
Here are the seven stories you need to know about today
Published 04/09/2015 | 07:05
'Coalition caves in on taking refugees' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Independent'.
John Downing, Lise Hand and Niall O'Connor report that Ireland will take in "several thousand" more refugees over the coming years in new resettlement programmes aimed at dealing with the biggest humanitarian crisis since World War II.
Senior ministers, led by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, confirmed a major U-turn on the Government's extremely cautious approach up to now. It came as harrowing pictures of three-year-old Alyan Kurdi on a Turkish beach awakened public opinion across Ireland and the world.
A picture on today's front page shows Hungarian policemen standing by a family of migrants who tried to flee the railway station in the town of Bickse. The picture shows a man and a woman, who is cradling a baby, lying on the railway tracks.
The crisis also features on the front pages of the 'Irish Times' and the 'Irish Examiner' and most of the tabloid newspapers.
'Ex-boxer dies after samurai sword attack' is the other headline on the front page. Mark O'Regan reports on how a murder investigation has been launched after a man was stabbed to death with a Samurai sword in Dulbin.
Today's 'Herald' leads with the murder with the headline 'Stabbed to death with Samurai sword'. Ken Foy and Alan O'Keeffe report how the victim, named locally as Karl Holmes', died following the horrific attack in Tallaght yesterday evening.
Mr Holmes (45) was killed in the Avonbeg Gardens estate shortly before 5.30pm yesterday.
It is believed the victim had been trying to settle a local dispute.
'Kenny called on to clarify comments' is one of the main headlines on the front page of today's 'Irish Times'.
The newspaper reports on how Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been called on to clarify comments he made before the banking inquiry that were directly contradicted yesterday.
His evidence was questioned after the inquiry heard testimony from former Anglo chief financial officer Matt Moran.
Mr Moran told the inquiry he discussed the future of Anglo with Mr Kenny in 2009, when the Taoiseach was in opposition. Mr Kenny has previously denied this claim.
'Gardai probe attack on retired bishop' is one of the main headlines on the front page of today's 'Irish Examiner'.
The newspaper reports that the retired bishop of Kerry was allegedly punched in the face on a train by a man reported to be angry over the diocese's response to child sexual abuse.
It has been confirmed that the retired bishop, Dr Bill Murphy (79), was assaulted while travelling on a train from Kerry to Dublin with his brother last month.
Gardai in Killarney are investigating the incident.
'We do blame it on the weathermen....' is a headline inside today's 'Irish Daily Mirror'.
The newspaper reports that Met Eireann received almost 100 complaints about its predictions on the Irish weather.
A total of 99 official complaints were received this year.
Some 18 related to perceived "forecast inaccuracies".
A further 20 related to "language and terminology used by presenters".
Electric Picnic aside, the other big event this week (aside from the Dublin Mayo replay) is the All-Ireland final between Galway and Kilkenny.
'Cats fans purring as hurlers make every day feel like it's Christmas'.
Conor Kane reports from Thomastown, Co Kilkenny, where Seamus Quigley has been gathering mannequins and dressing them in Kilkenny colours for several years, positioning them around the streets for optimum effect.
"It creates a great buzz and people stand in and take selfies, it goes all over the world," he explained.
A picture of Robbie Keane features in today's 'Irish Independent Sport'.
Daniel McDonnell, reporting from Faro, says Robbie Keane's memory of a harrowing experience in San Marion will ensure there is no Irish complacency in tonight's Euro 2016 qualifier with Gibraltar.
Keane was part of the group which came within seconds of an embarrassing draw in Serravalle in 2007 during the tumultuous reign of Steve Staunton in the hotseat.
"That's why you always have to be cautious when you are playing these teams, you have to be respectful and treat it like any other game," he said.