What it says in the papers
Today's papers are dominated with the parents of a baby who died minutes after birth, calling for a public inquiry into the safety of the hospital's maternity unit. Also featured heavily in the news is Garth Brooks fever hitting Ireland.
Today's Irish Independent covers the story of Roisin and Mark Molloy, who lost their son Mark just minutes after he was born in January 2012. The couple feature on a new investigative episode of Prime Time, which says that four other babies died in similar circrumstances in Portlaoise hospital over just six years. Little Mark suffered a lack of oxygen when staff failed to correctly monitor him during labour.
According to the paper's off-lead, 300 more patrol cars could have been purchased with the revenue lost from cancelling penalty points, said Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe. He appeared before the Public Accounts Committee yesterday for a private deposition and arrived in full uniform, which he said he is proud to wear.
The Herald features Wes Hoolahan's desire to leave Norwich for Aston Villa debacle heating up; Steve Staunton's enthusiasm to return to management and Ashley Young's praise for Juan Mata'a seamless transition to Manchester United.
The paper also covers Olympian Kenny Egan's desire to run as a local Clondalkin candidate with Fine Gael. He has been in talks with senior party figures to run in May's elections and is 'extremely interested' in being an FG candidate.
The Irish Examiner leads with the latest on the Garda whistleblower, stating that his evidence before the PAC could be made public. Sgt McCabe has yet to decide if he wants the three-hour transcript released to him personally, which he could then make public, pending legal advice.