What it says in the papers
International issues such as the ongoing Oscar Pistorius trial and the ongoing situation in the Ukraine once again dominates today's newspapers.
The Irish Independent leads with a story on the shelving of plans to erect thousands of win turbines around the country in an exclusive story by Paul Melia. The original agreement saw Irish and English governments given the go ahead to exchange power, a move which is unlikely to go ahead now.
Inside, the paper features coverage of the European People's Party meeting at Dublin's Convention Centre, where Ukranian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko warned that her country is on the verge of collapse and the people are 'prepared to resist'.
The Herald covers the details of Nicholas Duffy, a man who was help captive for four hours before being shot and left to die in Finglas, according to Tom Brady and Conor Feehan. Inside, another story focus on the potential link between three attempted abductions of children in Dublin.
The Irish Times and Irish Examiner also report heavily on yesterday's EPP conference, while the Times leads with figures obtained by the paper, which show that Apple paid virtually no corporation tax on billions of dollars of revenue in Ireland.
The technology giant cut its tax bill by nearly €1bn during 2004 to 2008, according to documents seen by Mark Paul, Business Affairs Correspondent.
The Irish Examiner features a story on the proposed overhaul of Garda interrogation tactics after the Supreme Court ruled that suspects must have access to a solicitor before speaking to police. Yesterday, Raymond Gormley had his 2008 rape conviction overturned in the first case to fall out from the ruling - while hundreds more appearing before court and appealing will also be affected.
The Irish Daily Star, Irish Sun and Irish Daily Mail all feature prominent coverage of Anthony Stokes' assault charge in court yesterday. The Irish soccer star is charged with attacking an Elvis impersonator and facing a potential one year jail sentence.
In sport, Paul O'Connell speaks to the Irish Independent about Brian O'Driscoll's imminent retirement, admitting that it has made his re-evaluate his won rugby present and future,. He added that the legend leaving the green jersey is 'frustrating' as he would prefer to play alongside him.
The Herald leads with an interview with Anthony Pilkington praising Wes Hoolahan's man-of-the-match performance against Serbia on Wednesday night, saying 'he is a player they can build a team around'.