What it says in the papers
Here are the six stories you need to know this morning:
1) How Ireland is tracking jihadis with Britain
‘How we’re tracking jihadis with Britain’ reads the front page of today’s Irish Independent. The newspaper reports on the historic operation to stop terrorists using Ireland as a back door into the UK. Security editor Tom Brady also reports that Irish troops are to stay in Golan Heights after confrontations with terror group.
2) Rape crisis centre sentence warning
‘Ireland ‘must be tougher’ on sex offences’ reads the front of the Irish Examiner. The country’s biggest rape crisis group has said that far too many sexual crimes ‘are committed in our society with impunity’. Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop’s warning comes as the European Commission could take legal proceedings over Ireland’s failure to implement an EU directive on sex offences.
3) Putin seeks ‘statehood’ talks
Russian leader Vladimir Putin hits headlines worldwide this morning as he seeks ‘statehood’ talks for Ukraine’s rebels. The EU has given Russia a week to de-escalate the crisis. ‘Hundreds killed in Ukraine retreat’ reads the Irish Independent while the Irish Times leads their front page with ‘Putin seeks ‘statehood’ talks for Ukraine’s rebels’.
4) Latest Dublin shooting
The latest shooting in Dublin leads the front page of The Herald. ‘Gun panic at Christening party’ reads the front page. A number of US tourists and families attending the family gathering at a Dublin city centre pub witnessed the shooting of two innocent men by a pair wearing balaclavas. The Irish Daily Star leads with ‘US tourists caught up in bungled hit’ on their front page .
5) ‘Supersize’ primary classes
A total of 125,000 pupils nationwide have been placed in primary school classes of more than 30 students. One in four children will be ‘squeezed into the supersize classes’, Irish Independent Education Editor Katherine Donnelly reports.
6) Irish couple drown on holiday
RTE Orchestra violinist John Lynch drowned while trying to save his partner Kevin Devine, who also lost his life off the coast of the Greek island of Crete. The pair were spotted in the water on Friday evening but could not be resuscitated by rescuers. ‘Lovers die in hols tragedy’ reads the front page of the Irish Sun while the Irish Daily Mirror leads with ‘Couple drown in hols terror’.