What it says in the papers
Published 05/03/2014 | 07:09
Today's Irish Independent leads with the damning results of an internal medical poll, which showed that many doctors are afraid to report their incompetent colleagues.
The results of the Millward Brown poll comes after the 'appalling' report into the deaths of babies at Portlaoise hospital in the maternity unit.
As an off lead, the paper covers the story of two billionaire investors who tripled their investments after a bet on bank of Ireland shares. Wilbur Ross of the US and Prem Watsa of Canada slashed their stake in the Irish bank by a third yesterday after selling their 6.4pc holding for approximately €690m.
The Herald leads with a story by Crime Correspondent Ken Foy which reveals two brothers from Dublin have fled the country, and are wanted for questioning in relation to seven murders here. The duo have been nicknamed 'The Taliban' and are believed to have escaped to Libya.
Inside, the paper features the main showbiz story of the day - RTE's Miriam O'Callaghan reveals she also had a stalker and 'understands' newsreader Sharon Ni Bheolain.
The Irish Times splashes with the news that Ireland will face its first post bailout review at the end of April. Suzanne Lynch reports that the European Commission will today unveil its plans to monitor EU countries with macroeconomic imbalances.
The Irish Examiner leads with middle income earners set for a triple top up in their pay package amid economic recovery. The universal service charge will be reduced and is expected to boost consumer spending and the overall economy as a whole
Meanwhile, in sport, the Examiner features a story on Clare hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald who claims that substance abuse was a huge problem on the county hurling panel in recent years.
He claimed some were 'taking harder stuff than drink' at a seminar at the Limerick Institute of Technology.
The Irish Independent follows up with comments from GAA President Liam O'Neill, who said he believes there is no drink or drugs culture in hurling and Fitzgerald's revelations reflect only a minority of players.
Daniel McDonnell writes about John O'Shea urging his Ireland teammates to rectify the wrongs of attempting to reach the World Cup when they take on Serbia in a friendly tonight. Martin O'Neill has also spoken of his determination for a positive approach on home soil.
In The Herald, Shane Long has been identified as the main threat for tonight's match by opposing team Serbia.