What it says in the papers
Published 04/03/2014 | 06:48
Today's Irish Independent leads with the two life sentences given to the man who raped a six-year-old and nine-year-old girl in Westmeath last year.
The man, who is not being identified by this paper, is a father of two with more than 100 convictions. One of the little girls' fathers broke down in tears at the sentencing, saying their family lives 'daily with this new world created by this man'.
The Herald also leads with the conviction, as does the Irish Examiner, Irish Daily Star, Irish Sun and Irish Daily Mail.
In world news, the escalating situation in the Ukraine dominates the papers as well as the beginning of the Oscar Pistorius trial in South Africa.
The Irish Times focuses on the global affect of the uprising in the Ukraine, reporting on Obama's comments that Russia's military intervention in the country 'places them on the wrong side of history'. Taoiseach Enda Kenny will attend an EU summit where Russia will be issued an ultimatum.
A study on the front page of the Irish Examiner shows that one in 12 primary school students has high blood pressure, believed to be due to poor diet and exercise, and also more than half of them consume too much salt.
Meanwhile, the Pistorius trial coverage features testimony from the first witness, a neighbour who says she heard 'blood curdling' screams after initial gun shots were fired.
"She screamed terribly and she yelled for help," the neighbour told the court. "Then I also heard a man screaming for help."
In sport, today's Herald splashes with Roy Kean's optimistic outlook for Ireland's 2016 Euro campaign.
"We're all quick to knock our own, I've been good at that," he said. "But there have been positives, Andy Reid is playing as well as any player."
Brian O'Driscoll also opens up to Des Berry in the paper for a two-page spread, covering his emotions at the prospect at playing his last game at Landsowne.
In Irish Independent Sport, Ruaidhri O'Connor reports that Jonny Sexton will be staying with Racing Metro in Paris, despite rumours of a return.