What it says in the papers
Warnings to parents, O'Leary sex joke, and the ongoing Garda Tape saga
Published 01/04/2014 | 07:15
While the fallout from the Garda Tape controversy continues to grace the front pages, the story is losing prominence across some of the publications this morning.
The Irish Independent has chosen to lead with a statistics-backed report on 'How glass of wine at home can turn teens into problem drinkers' from Ralph Riegel. Parents are warned that they are leading their teens into harmful drinking habits by allowing them to booze at home.
Another scolding for parents comes from the Irish Daily Mail with the headline 'Parents: You are to blame for child obesity' as the Government's health watchdog advises them to get their children 'up off the flipping seat and turning off the box'.
The Irish Examiner's main story does focus on the Garda Tapes crisis with a piece from Juno McEnroe entitled 'Ministers support Shatter'. The political report reveals that Government colleagues are rallying behind the Justice Minister as a bitter blame game rages on.
Meanwhile, the Irish Times leads with 'Scale of Garda phone taping revealed' where Geraldine Kennedy writes that the full extent of the taping practice is revealed in an inventory prepared within the Garda Siochana in February.
Another strange tale that has hit the headlines this morning is the apology from outspoken Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary over a joke about 'making love' to the Queen of England: 'O'Leary sorry for queen sex jibe' reports the Irish Independent while the Herald leads with 'O'Leary's Queen sex gaffe'.
The return of Irish soldiers from Syria has made the picture slot on the front pages of both the Irish Independent and the Irish Times this morning. Some, like 23-year-old private Derek Lamb, are only seeing their newborn children for the first time.
'Coun-cell of killers' reads the Irish Daily Star's main headline which reports that a dangerous group of hitmen and thugs have been elected to represent their fellow inmates at Mountjoy jail.
The Irish Times' front page also features 'Fingal blocks vote on Dublin mayor' as the county's 840,000-strong electorate have not been given the go-ahead to vote on whether they should have a directly elected mayor.