What it says in the papers
Six of this morning's top stories:
The mother of killer Alexander Pacteau has said an apology to the Buckley family for the actions of her son would "simply not be enough". The mother of twisted killer Alexander Pacteau has said an apology to the Buckley family for the actions of her son would "simply not be enough".
Budding doctors who put themselves under pressure to achieve maximum points for their dream CAO course do no better than those who use a "second-chance" route to medical school. Students who take a post- graduate approach to studying medicine have the edge over those who enter straight from school, according to new research from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI).
Minister Alan Kelly will not meet with concerned Dublin city councillors until next month to address the worsening homelessness crisis in the capital. The minister will meet councillors on September 2 in the capital. Lord Mayor Críona Ní Dhálaigh, who requested the meeting in early July, criticised the delay, The Herald reports.
Gardaí are hunting a teenage gang who snatched a pet dog, tortured him by attempting to castrate him, and finally cut his throat, leaving the animal to die in agony. Owner Sylvia McCarthy wept as she said she remains baffled as to how anyone could inflict such terrible suffering on a beloved, loyal pet.
At least 27 people are believed to have died and more than 80 were injured when a massive bomb exploded in Bangkok. According to local media, four foreigners were among the dead after the blast at the Ratchaprasong intersection in the centre of the Thai capital. The Nation television station said 27 had been killed.
Oscar Pistorius will walk free after just ten months’ jail on Friday – but faces an appeal. Prosecutors pushing for a murder conviction against Oscar Pistorius launched an appeal yesterday. He is expected to wear an electronic tag when he is released from prison on Friday.