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Published 14/09/2015 | 06:59

A Syrian refugee holding a baby in a lifetube swims towards the shore after their dinghy deflated some 100m away before reaching the Greek island of Lesbos, September 13, 2015. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
A Syrian refugee holding a baby in a lifetube swims towards the shore after their dinghy deflated some 100m away before reaching the Greek island of Lesbos, September 13, 2015. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
Joan Burton and Enda Kenny
The remains of the factory after the fire
Poolbeg incinerator under construction

'€115 pensioner bonus as grey vote targeted' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Independent'.

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Philip Ryan reports that pensioners and social welfare recipients are in line for a Christmas bonus worth €115  for a single person and €220  for a couple as the Coalition's plan for Budget giveaways stacks up.

Minister for Social Protection and Tánaiste Joan Burton
Minister for Social Protection and Tánaiste Joan Burton

Buoyed by a rise in support, the Government parties are now looking to lock down votes from workers, families, business, the public sector and farmers.

A full restoration of the respite care grant is also on the table as the Coalition parties seek to reverse the savage austerity cuts of the last seven years.

Writing in today's 'Irish Independent', Tanaiste Joan Burton also promises that next month's Budget will see spending on our health, education and childcare systems increased.

'Use a small wine glass to cut risk of cancer' is the other headline. Eilish O'Regan reports that switching to a small glass when enjoying a drink of wine can reduce your risk of cancer.

Generous measures of wine increase the danger
Generous measures of wine increase the danger

A daily glass of wine should no more than 10g of alcohol for women, because drinking more increases your risk of of breast cancer by 10pc.

The front page also carries a picture of a man cradling a baby as he desperately swims for safety in a rubber ring after their flimsy boast sank within sight of the Greek island of Lesbos. The man is reportedly Syrian. Yesterday, 15 babies and children were among 34 refugees to die after boat sank close to Farmakonisi island in Greece.

A Syrian refugee holding a baby in a lifetube swims towards the shore after their dinghy deflated some 100m away before reaching the Greek island of Lesbos, September 13, 2015.
REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
A Syrian refugee holding a baby in a lifetube swims towards the shore after their dinghy deflated some 100m away before reaching the Greek island of Lesbos, September 13, 2015. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

'Poolbeg fees hit €628k' is the headline on the front page of today's 'Herald'.

Martin Grant reports that the consultancy fees for the controversial Poolbeg incinerator last year.

The Herald has learned that the fees paid by Dublin City Council in 2014 relate to financial, legal and technical advisors - and cost an average of €52,333 per month.

'Kids blamed as 22 jobs go up in flames' is the main headline in today's 'Irish Daily Star'.

Poolbeg incinerator under construction
Poolbeg incinerator under construction

A family run paper business in Drogheda, Co Louth, was set on fire on Saturday night. Gardai are now investigating the suspected arson attack, the damage of which has cost some €1m.

Dawn Paper & Tissue Manufacturing is run by the McEnteggart family from Duleek, Co Meath, and employs some 22 people. The family say they are "determined to overcome this unfortunate incident".

The remains of the factory after the fire
The remains of the factory after the fire

'Heavy fines to be levied on hospitals failing to cut waiting lists' is the main headline on the front page of the 'Irish Times'.

The newspaper reports that heavy fines will be imposed on low-performing hospitals that fail meet Health Minister Leo Varadkar's targets for cutting waiting lists.

'Super hero kiddies save gran' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Sun'.

The newspaper reports how grandmother Ursula Doran-O'Rathallaigh (58) has praised her four-year-old grandson Nathan and his friend Katelyn Higginbotham for saving her life.

The pair used first aid after Ursula collapsed at her home in Nurney, Co Kildare, and kept her breathing. Katelyn moved her into the recovery position and got her friend Nathan to push down on her chest.

Ashling Thompson, and Laura Treacy, left Cork, are pictured after the Camogie Championship, Group 1, Cork v Galway, at O'Connor Park, as it has emerged that twice as many men as women are involved in team sports
Ashling Thompson, and Laura Treacy, left Cork, are pictured after the Camogie Championship, Group 1, Cork v Galway, at O'Connor Park, as it has emerged that twice as many men as women are involved in team sports
Cork captain Ashling Thompson lifts the O'Duffy cup
13 September 2015; Ashling Thompson Cork captain, lifts the O'Duffy cup. Liberty Insurance All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final, Cork v Galway. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
13 September 2015; Katriona Mackey, Cork, in action against Heather Cooney, Galway. Liberty Insurance All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final, Cork v Galway. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras ? M?dheach / SPORTSFILE
Cork captain Ashling Thompson issues instructions to her team-mates before the game.
Cork captain Ashling Thompson, centre, celebrates with her team-mate's after being presented with the O'Duffy cup. Liberty Insurance All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final, Cork v Galway. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
13 September 2015; Niamh Kilkenny, Galway, in action against Ashling Thompson, Cork. Liberty Insurance All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final, Cork v Galway. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
13 September 2015; Finola Keeley, Galway, in action against Rena Buckley, Cork. Liberty Insurance All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final, Cork v Galway. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

"They're my superheroes," Ursula told the newspaper.

'Rebel steps to 'heaven'' is the main headline in 'Irish Independent' Sport. The main picture shows Cork Captain Ashling Thompson embracing Laura Treacy after their team's All-Ireland camogie senior final victory in Croke Park yesterday. They beat Galway 1-13 to 0-9.

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