What it says in the papers: Friday 18 July
The tragedy of Flight MH17 dominates all of the front pages.
The Irish Independent leads with the story with a particularly stark image of a man looking through the wreckage at the crash site.
The tragic story of Cor Pan and his girlfriend Neetje Tol also features prominently. Mr Pan was the man who took a photograph of the plane and posted it on social media with the caption ‘If my flight disappears, this is what it looks like’. His attempt at black humour proved horribly prophetic.
In other news, the Independent also features the latest instalment of the Anglo Tapes as David Drum blamed the markets for Anglo’s problems. The former chief executive of the troubled bank believed that money markets were treating the bank unfairly in the run-up to the cataclysmic meltdown of its share price.
The Herald’s off lead reveals that RTE paid out €322k on guests, food and drink for five flagship programmes. And just two of the shows - The Late Late Show and The Saturday Night Show – cost a combined €215,296.
The other international story taking up column inches is the Israel’s ground offensive in Gaza, which takes up a sizeable number of column inches.
Away from the two breaking international stories, the Examiner also features a story that one firearm is stolen or lost daily over the last four years. Oh and if you’re over 50, put down that cream cake, chances are you're overweight. All of the papers run with the news that nearly 80 per cent of over 50s are obese.