What it says in the papers
We take a look at the main stories in this morning’s newspapers.
The Irish Independent leads with Bertie Ahern’s testimony at the Banking Inquiry yesterday.
The paper reports that the former Taoiseach remained defiant, insisting that when he handed over to Brian Cowen the State’s finances were in a good position.
Mr Ahern said that things were fundamentally sound when he stood down in 2008, just months before the start of the crisis.
However he accepted that there was a ‘ghastly’ overdependence on taxation from property during his tenure.
The Irish Times also leads with Mr Ahern’s appearance at the Banking Inquiry yesterday.
He told the Inquiry that he would have liked to stay on as Taoiseach, but that the Mahon tribunal was proving to be a distraction for the government at the time.
Also on the front page is the story that the Taoiseach has rejected a call from trade unions to curtail tax cuts in October’s budget.
Trade Unions want to see increased spending on services.
The Irish Examiner also leads with Bertie Ahern at the Banking Inquiry, quoting the former Taoiseach as saying that the crash ‘breaks his heart’.
Also reported on the front page are details of a new European Commission review of the bailout.
The report says that the Government did not know what it was doing when it tried to shore up the banks in 2008 – believing the banks just needed money when they were in fact broke.
The Herald reports on the dramatic helicopter crash in the Longford village of Abbeyschrule on Wednesday night.
The pilot of the chopper was arrested at Dublin Airport yesterday as he attempted to leave the country.
He was being questioned last night by gardai about endangerment.
The Irish Daily Mail also leads with Bertie Ahern’s appearance at the Banking Inquiry.
In its front page report, it questions Mr Ahern’s claim that he didn’t have ‘much interaction’ with property developers.
Pictures of Mr Ahern with Sean Dunne, Bernard McNamara and Johnny Ronan accompany the piece.
The Irish Mirror reports on the trial of Jimmy Devaney (66).
Yesterday the court was told that the ex-soldier went back to playing cards after he allegedly murdered prostitute Marie Greene.
The Irish Star reports that the passenger in Wednesday’s helicopter crash cheated death for the second time.
Dave Bruton was forced into an emergency landing of a light aircraft four years ago after a bird strike.
Finally the Irish Sun leads with the news that a wheelchair-bound paedophile is back at home despite being sentenced to five years in jail.
Martin Davoren (61) was turned away from Castlerea jail because it can’t meet his needs.