What it says in the papers
The Oscars, and a "huge price" for Moscow make up some of the front pages, but John Gilligan's name and face dominate the Irish media today.
1. 'Gang leader ordered hit on Gilligan after cash demands' reads the front page of the Irish Independent. It's reported that Gilligan has infuriated several underworld figures by attempting to "tap" them for money since his release from Portlaoise Prison last October. The front page of The Herald states that Gardaí believe exiled crime boss Christy Kinahan's mob were behind the failed assassination attempt this weekend. Gilligan was shot four times with a revolver on Saturday, but remains in a stable condition in the hospital. The Sun adds that his face was left disfigured after the attack. The Mirror and the Star report that he knoew who was behind the botched assassination attempt.
2. The Irish Times reports that Moscow may pay a "huge price" as Russians spread across Crimea. The papers adds that Russian soldiers without any insignia on their uniforms surrounded two Ukrainian military bases. It adds that the newly appointed head of Ukrainian navy resigned after one day in office and has sworn an allegiance to Crimea's pro-Russian leader. He has since been replaced and charged with treason.
3. The papers may have been a bit too late to catch the Oscar winners, but the Herald reports that the Irish entrants had a great time getting to know each other at the glitzy showbiz event last night. U2 have been rehearsing for their performance last night, but have also been enjoying plenty of showbiz parties in the run up to the night. They've also been getting to know '12 Years a Slave' actor and Kerry native Michael Fassbender, as well as 'Philomena' actor Steve Coogan. A breakdown of winners can be found on Independent.ie.
4. According to the Irish Daily Mail, Michael O'Leary has broken his silence regarding the proposed strike of rival Aer Lingus, saying the company should tell the unions to go f**k themselves. The Ryanair boss said he's sympathetic towards his rival CEO Christoph Mueller, who, according to Mr O'Leary, is trying to run a company while being sent into "more f**king talks". "There's a deficit in your pension scheme - get over it. There's a deficit in most people's," he told workers.
5. Enda Kenny has ruled out any attempt to become the next president of the European Council, it's reported in the Irish Sun. Speaking after this weekend's Fine Gael Ard Fheis, the Taoiseach said he would be flattered if he was offered the job, but it's reported he has more of a desire to seek a second term as Taoiseach. "I wouldn't turn my back on the Irish," he said.
6. 'Fears for GSOC as staff levels fall 20%' it states on the front of the Irish Examiner, with figures showing cuts to staff since 2007. There are 21 fewer jobs at the organisation now compared to when it was set up. This comes as there is debate on the watchdog's effectiveness as the Government plans to increase its remit and review its powers.
7. It's reported in the Irish Star that the mother of Reeva Steenkamp said she wants to "look [Oscar Pistorius] in the eyes and learn the truth" as his trial starts today. Reeva's mother June and step-father Barry revealed that they intend to attend every day of the trial, despite the emotional trauma it may bring. "I know many people in my position would want to see him dead, but first I want to force him to look at me, Reeva's mother, and see the pain and anguish he was inflicted on me." June said.