What it says in the papers
Shatter and the latest installment of the GSOC drama can be seen on the front pages this morning. The clean-up operation after Storm Darwin also features - along with fears the nation is set for more devastation with another Atlantic storm due to hit. Another dominant story gracing the front pages is the news that Garth Brooks' concerts have come under fire from furious Croke Park residents.
Irish Independent leads with "Shatter piles pressure on garda watchdog chief over 'bugging''. In a new spin on the week-long bugging saga, Minister Shatter suggested that the chairman of the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC), Simon O'Brien, provided "confused and contradictory" accounts of the controversy.
In related news, The Irish Examiner reports 'Shatter: I didn't mislead Dail on GSOC', insisting that the Garda ombudsman never told him of his bugging suspicions. Irish Times reads 'Shatter asks GSOC to clarify details in statements' as the paper reports that the Minister appears to stop short of giving the commission chairman his full support.
Storm Darwin left hundreds of thousands of properties without electricity and running water - and the cleanup operation was in full swing yesterday as ESB networks raced against time before the next storm bashes the country. 'Nation braced for sixth storm in six weeks' reads Irish Independent, the picture splash in Irish Times reads 'Crews work to restore power as another storm closes in', and Irish Examiner leads with 'Thousands without clean drinking water as another storm looms.'
Irish Daily mail hones in on the tale of the roof that was ripped off a school's prefab building in Co Kerry during the storm, reporting 'Scandal of the 17-year wait for storm school'.
Apart from the weather, the news story that has dominated the media has been the upcoming concerts of Garth Brooks - and the mission to get tickets to one of the five concerts. Now Croke Park residents are preparing to seek a High Court injunction if licences are granted for these shows. Irish daily Mirror leads with 'We'll stop Garth Brooks gigs', a title echoed by Irish Daily Mail as Irish Daily Star reports 'Threat to Garth gigs'.
The Herald leads with the crime report by Ken Foy on the latest Dublin gangland feud reading 'Gangster feud over woman'. TV3 star Aisling O'Loughlin has told The Irish Sun that 'My man is fighting cancer.'
Other front page news from the Irish Daily Star reads ‘Valentine break ends in fall tragedy' as the paper reports of the death of Meath farmer Cathal Reilly who was attempting to get back into a Sligo hotel with his girlfriend Sinead Clinton.
'Two-term coalition possible, says Quinn' is another story on the front of Irish Times as Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn tells the paper that it would be the first time a Fine Gael and Labour coalition would have served successive terms.
Irish Independent's sports splash reads 'Gerrard: We're dark horses' as the midfielder insists that Liverpool are still strong contenders in the Premier League after closing the gap on leaders Chelsea to four points