While you were sleeping - all the stories you may have missed overnight
Published 31/03/2016 | 07:08
'Five weeks later, Kenny finally set to call Martin' is the front page story from the Irish Independent this morning as the acting Taoiseach is set to finally contact FF leader Micheál Martin about the formation of a government.
The Herald leads with a story of 'new gang's reign of terror' as the paper reports that up to 20 criminals are now key members of a mob - 'New INLA' - which have set up a base in Ballymun in Dublin.
A front page picture piece on the Irish Examiner - also featuring on the Irish Independent's front page - is the efforts of an Irish man and his gay partner trying to get his three newborn babies, born to surrogate mothers, home from Mexico.
'Martin postpones talks with Fine Gael' is the top line from the Irish Times which reports that Fianna Fail is to put off talks with FG until after a further round of talks with Independent TDs.
Meanwhile, the court appearance of former TV fitness star Francis Xavier Usanga makes the front page of the Irish Daily Mirror with 'TV fitness star on assault charge' as the man has been charged with the alleged assault of his model ex-girlfriend Emma Murphy.
'Breda needs bed or she'll die' writes the Irish Daily Star as the paper reports that the brother of a seriously ill teenager has warned she will die in the next two days if does not get a hospital transfer for a life-saving operation.
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In world news, at least seven people have been injured in severe storms in Oklahoma that included several tornados.
The City of Tulsa said the authorities were searching every home in an area that suffered damage.
The mother of a British hostage photographed with the Egyptian plane hijacker wearing a "suicide vest" has branded her son's actions "stupid".
Pauline Innes scolded her son Ben as he arrived back in the UK less than 48 hours after the image emerged of him stood grinning next to a man who claimed to have smuggled a bomb belt on board.
And a professional surfer suffered serious injuries when he was mauled by a shark off the Australian east coast.
Brett Connellan, 22, was flown by helicopter to Sydney's St George Hospital in a serious condition after he was attacked 75 miles to the south at a beach near Kiama, police said.