While you were sleeping - the stories you missed overnight
We take a look at the stories you may have missed overnight - and today's papers.
Republican US presidential candidates will lock horns in the last party debate before the Iowa caucuses, knowing their absent front-runner, billionaire Donald Trump, will be trying to starve them of attention with his own rally. Mr Trump's abrupt decision to boycott the debate has added a new layer of uncertainty to a race that has defied political convention. He cited "unfair" treatment from debate host Fox News as his reason for skipping the contest and holding a rally instead.
US president Barack Obama has spoken about the outcry over two straight years of all-white acting nominees for the Academy Awards. Mr Obama says the Oscars debate was an expression of a broader issue, saying: "Are we making sure that everybody is getting a fair shot?" He said the film industry should do what others practised - "look for talent and provide opportunity to everybody".
The Irish Independent leads with the story that the head of the European Central Bank forced us into a bailout and saddled us with bank debt. Jean-Claude Trichet emerges as the primary villain from the long-awaited Banking Inquiry report, which was published yesterday, the paper says.
The paper also reports that the Irish tech sector is at risk of becoming a men-only club, with less than 3pc of venture capital going to startups with a female founder and only 0.6pc of funding to tech firms with a female chief executive.
The Irish Times also leads with a story on the banking inquiry report, saying that, the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) told the Government in March 2011 that the State could have saved more than €9bn by imposing losses on senior debt holders at the six Irish banks.
Meanwhile, The Herald leads with a warning by well-known hairdresser David Marshall to other parents about guarding their children away from drugs. David’s son Daniel died in July 2014 from a heroine overdose. He was found in the restrooms of Dublin’s Fitzwilliam Hotel after overdosing. An inquest this week heard how his death was due to mixed drug toxicity involving heroin and prescribed drugs. David said: “You have to be hands-on with your children. You can’t take your eye off the ball. If I thought that this advice might help even one family, it will have been worthwhile talking about it.”
The Star leads with the story on the investigation into the death of a man (46) following a stabbing incident in Carlow yesterday – a story which is featured in all of today’s papers. Gardai are questioning the 20-year-old son of the victim. It is understood Marcus 'Murt' Brennan (46) had been involved in a heated argument before he was stabbed in the leg. A number of people are understood to have been in the house at the time.
And finally, the search is on for a thief who wears an Incredible Hulk mask while carrying out violent robberies on shop workers. The Sun features CCTV footage of how the thief and an accomplice held three female staff and a security guard at gunpoint in a Centra store in Corduff, west Dublin.