What it says in the papers
The tragic story of a young man losing his life as a result of an online drinking game dominates the front pages of this morning's papers.
‘Drink culture under attack as alcohol kills two young men’ reads the front page of today’s Irish Independent. ‘The country’s drink culture is under renewed attack today,’ writes Louise Hogan following the death of two young men as a result of an internet drinking game at the weekend. The story also features on the front page of today’s Irish Examiner with the headline ‘Experts: More lives at risk over online fad’. The Irish Daily Mail reads ‘Ban this vile drink craze now Facebook’ and ‘Stop this lethal craze’ headlines the Irish Daily Mirror.
In world news, Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has died following a suspected overdose at his New York apartment. The actor had admitted struggling with an addiction in the past but has reportedly been clean for 23 years before a relapse. The story features on all the nationals’ front pages this morning.
‘Burton won on cuts after warning on political fallout’ reads the front page of today’s Irish Times. The paper reports on new documents that show top welfare official highlighting political difficulties.
‘Bonuses needed for key staff’ says Nama chairman on the front page of the Irish Examiner. According to the agency’s chairman Frank Daly, bonuses may be needed to keep key staff at Nama.
In other Irish news, Fine Gael minster Leo Varadkar has put it up to the Labour Party to say what services it will cut at local government level as it backs lower property taxes, Irish Independent reports.
In sport, Ireland roar into actor as Schmidt’s men rise above O’Connell’s absence to maul stuttering Scots, according to the sports page of the Irish Independent. They may have trampled the Scots but the Irish have tougher times ahead, according to the Irish Examiner.
Finally, in the weather, there is no respite in sight from the floods torment as heavy rains and winds continue to batter the country. The story features on the front page of the Irish Independent and the Irish Examiner.