What it says in the papers
Published 21/02/2014 | 07:08
The tragic drowning inquest in Cork, Kiev up in flames and a large audience for Ronan O'Gara's second testimonial dinner are all in this morning's front pages.
1. 'Bloodbath in Kiev as crisis deepens' reads the front page of the Irish Independent, as world leaders engage in frantic efforts to stabilise Ukraine with a "road map" for peace. As many as 70 are reported to have been killed and the death toll was last night expected to rise further.
2. The Herald leads with the tragic drowning inquest of three-year-old Clarissa McCarthy. ''He Killed her': Mum's tears at inquest into drowned daughter' reads the front page. Rebecca McCarthy (26) fought back tears after verbal clashes between her family and friends of her late husband, Martin McCarthy (50). Mr McCarthy had left a note in the milking parlour of his west Cork farm, outlining his intention to take his own life on March 5, 2013, but friends rejected any suggestion that he ever planned to hurt his daughter Clarissa.
3. 'Justice Department faces review over dossier' states the Irish Examiner, as pressure is mounting on Alan Shatter to address claims that he did nothing about Garda malpractice allegations for two years. Calls for the review also come soon after Minister Shatter sacked garda confidential recipient Oliver Connolly because of his reported comments to garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe.
4. Also in the Herald, sporting legends are turning out to salute rugby hero Ronan O'Gara. Hundreds of admirers, fans, former plaers, players and friends lined out at the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane in London for the second testimonial dinner in celebration of R'OG. "I am just very humbled by the whole thing," he said.
5. On the back page of the Independent is the headline 'fired-up Schmidt tells Ireland to seize day', as he urges the side to roll up their sleeves and bring home the triple crown. "We would love to get a bit of silverware," he said. After claiming the Crown four times in six seasons during the 2000s, Ireland have gone four years without beating England, Scotland and Wales in a single season and 15 of the 23 players named in the match-day squad for the third Six Nations clash of the season have never won a trophy in an Irish jersey.
6. In the Irish Daily Mail, Liam Neeson opened up about donating his late wife's organs following her death five years ago. Natasha Richardson died follower a skiing accident. The Taken star said he hasn't really comet to terms with Richardson's death and that he often thinks she will waking through the front door of their house one day. Three people have benefited from the organ donations.