What it says in the papers
Today's media coverage is dominated by the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.
The Irish Independent leads with the news that the tragic flight was crashed as part of a deliberate suicide mission, according to well-placed government sources in Malaysia. Yesterday, the Prime Minister announced that the plane crashed into the Indian Ocean and no one survived.
The paper also leads with warring Government ministers Leo Varadkar and Alan Shatter to meet and bury the hatchet over their ongoing penalty points row. It comes just days after the Transport Minister called on Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan to withdraw his remarks about whistleblowers.
The Herald also leads with the doomed Malaysian Airlines flight and the fact that relatives were notified of their loved ones' death by text message. In showbiz, the paper highlights the fact that superstar Rihanna was recently spotted wearing a sheer - let's call it cheeky - design by Irish designer Simone Rocha.
The Irish Times also covers the internal row over whistleblowers and focused on Labour and Fine Gael's attempt at unifying their increasingly divided opinion of Mr Callinan's controversial comments on the scandal.
The paper also covers the €2.75m settlement a mother received after her son experienced irrevocable brain damage during a schools rugby match and training, which she said she wished also included an apology from the seconday school.
The Irish Examiner also covers the whistleblower controversy and Malaysian flight, as well as a health story on the fact that one life a day has been saved since the introduction of the smoking ban 10 years ago. It comes as a campaign to have smoking barred from all public buildings has begun.
The Irish Sun splashes with the latest developments in the Patrick Nulty sex text scandal and the Irish Daily Star leads with an exclusive interview with Dave Mahon, speaking of his shock at being charged with the murder of his stepson Dean Fitzpatrick.
In sport, the Irish Independent leads with Rob Kearney's statements ahead of Leinster's clash against Munster on Saturday, which coach Rob Penney billed 'us against the Six Nations champions'.
In The Herald, Paul Hyland focuses on David Moyes' Man United being dismissed by Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini who stated, 'If you consider this season, there is just one club in Manchester and it is ours'.