What it says in the papers
Here are the seven stories you need to know about today
Published 18/09/2015 | 06:53
'Cash or time off? Ministers clash on childcare' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Independent'.
Philip Ryan reports that the Labour Party and Fine Gael are "deeply split over whether extra childcare cash should be directed towards raising child benefit or bringing in new parental leave".
The Government is planning to unveil a range of measures in the Budget aimed at helping the hard-pressed parents of young children. The Coalition will also roll out two weeks of paid paternity leave.
Children's Minister Dr James Reilly is pushing for more than just two weeks in the first year, the newspaper reports.
'Humble spud is set for a €1m makeover' is the other headline to feature on the front page. Nicola Anderson writes that the potato is to get a €1m makeover in a bid to convince younger people that it is a healthy food.
A three-year marketing campaign will aim to "dispel fattening myths around potatoes". Retail sales of fresh potatoes in Ireland have declined by 25pc over the last decade and by as much as one third between 2002 and 2014.
The front page carries a picture of a child clutching a doll on the road near a makeshift camp set up by refugees and migrants on the Serbian side of the Hungarian border close to the town of Horgos yesterday. The caption reads: "All he has left in the world".
'Woman's fake sick cert arrest' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Herald' newspaper.
Crime correspondent Ken Foy reports that a woman working for the gardai has been arrested after allegedly producing fake sick certs at work.
The woman, who worked at a Dublin garda station in a civilian capacity, is accused of handing in medical certificates to her superiors when she had not been sick.
Gardai have conducted a lengthy investigation and a file is almost ready to be sent to the DPP.
If a prosecution does occur, it will the first time in the history of the State that an employee will appear before the courts for allegedly providing fake sick notes to an employer.
The woman has not been suspended from duty.
'Noonan wants review of first-time mortgage cap' is one of the main headlines on the front page of today's 'Irish Times'.
The newspaper reports the finance minister wants the Central Bank to review mortgage caps for first-time homebuyers.
In an exclusive interview with the newspaper, Mr Noonan says there is a shortage of starter homes in Dublin now and builders have said the application of "prudential regulations" from the bank might be "too restrictive".
Today's 'Irish Examiner' carries a picture from inside St Michael's garrison church in Collins Barracks in Cork where the remains of Thomas Kent were lying in state last night.
The newspaper reports that more than 5,000 people filed past the coffin of Mr Kent last night.
Thousands more are expected to gather at the village of Castlelyons, Co Cork, the State funeral.
Mr Kent, who was aged 50, was executed by the British on May 9, 1916. His body was placed in a shallow grave inside the grounds of Cork Prison. He will now be afforded a full State funeral today before his remains are placed in a final resting place.
The Rosary beads the republican held as he faced he firing squad are expected to be used in the offertory procession today.
Finally, 'Independent Sport' looks ahead to the Rugby World Cup and the All-Ireland final between Kerry and Dublin.
'Prove your worth or face axe, warns Schmidt' is one of the main headlines. Ruaidhri O'Connor reports that Joe Schmidt has challenged his starting XV to prove that they are worth a place in his team when they take the field for tomorrow's World Cup opener against Canada.