What it says in the papers
Success for Mrs Brown's Boys, rehab fallout and one very lucky pundit are just some of the stories in today's national newspapers.
1. 'Taxpayer shells out €10m to prop up Rehab's '€10k lottery' reads the front page of today's Irish Independent. The charity received more than €10.4m during the past three years to support its lottery and radio bingo game, which has been more successful. The funding is part of a deal with the State to compensate charities for loss of business following the National Lottery's establishment.
2. The back page of the Irish Independent also marks a bittersweet day for David Moyes, stating: 'Moyes lands £37m Mata then watches as United miss four penalties and crash out to Sunderland'. The manager admitted the team "did not play well enough" as they missed a chance to build on th feel-good factor of signing Mata, who will undergo a medical today before completing the move, which will probably see his salary doubled.
3. The Herald leads with 'Gardai quiz Adrian suspect', who is currently in Australia, where Irish detectives travelled to speak to the five-man gang member. The suspect left his home in Northern Ireland months after Donohoe's murder, but is said to be showing "some level of co-operation". It will be a year since the murder this weekend. This is not the first suspect to be questioned on the matter, as two others have been questioned in New York, but failed to provide any information.
4. The success of Mrs Brown's Bows at the National Television Awards last night, which scooped best comedy at the glamorous awards show. Writer and actor Brendan O'Carroll said the audience had been so generous to them, adding: "We just want to make a comedy show that makes people laugh." Other winners included Hayley Cropper herself Julie Hesmond, who won the serial drama performance award, after her role in Coronation Street's right-to-die storyline.
5. The 11,000/1 betting coup makes the front page of today's Irish Daily Star, which reads: '€15m blitz on bookies'. This is after legendary Irish gampler Barney Curley was linked to yesterday's unbelievable €15m win. The retired horse trainer saw three of his former horses win as part of a four-horse accumulator. "The punters truly pulled our pants down on this occasion," a Paddy Power Spokesman said. By now, fellow punters had latched on and momentum gathered pace, with Des Donovan’s Indus Valley, which had a morning price as big as 20/1, sent off at prohibitive odds of 4/6 for the opening race at Kempton.
6. ''Total breakdown' in social order may require Civil Defence role, says judge' according to the front page of today's Irish Times, with judge Anthony Halpin suggesting the Civil Defence helping Gardai in Tallaght after a number of violent deaths. “I am really concerned about public order in Tallaght. We have had so many incidents. There is a total breakdown of social order that we are going to have to tackle, a total breakdown,” the judge said.
7.'Anger at carving in Mandela statue' is reported on page 10 of the Irish Daily Mail, as a tiny rabbit carved into one of the late leader's ears is a mark of disrespect. The mark isn't thought to be an act of vandalism, but rather the trademark of sculptors Andre Prinsloo and Ruhan Janse van Vuuren, but officials are saying it's not appropriate. "The statue represents what everyone on South Africa is proud of. We don't think it's appropriate because Nelson Mandela never had a rabbit on his ear," said the Department of Arts and Culture's Mogomotsi Mogodiri. The 30ft statue was recently unveiled and stands outside the Government complex in Pretoria.
8. There is a 'record number of elderly people seeking security alarms' according to the front page of the Irish Examiner. Information provided to the newspaper by the Department of the Environment show that more than 10,000 people received partly funded security systems last year. This follows a number of high-profile attacks on elderly people, including the home of Michael McMahon in Clare and Phylis McGee in Donegal.