What it says in the papers
Here are the front page stories you need to know this morning
1. No hope for variable mortgage holders
‘Variable mortgage holders deserted by Noonan’ reads the front page of the Irish Independent. Personal Finance Editor Charlie Weston writes that the hope of a reprieve for families struggling to pay variable-rate mortgages have been dashed by the Government, as the banks have failed to pass on the benefits of lower interest rates to mortgage holders. Finance Minister Michael Noonan has refused to intervene in the process.
2. Jules Thomas to sue
The Irish Examiner leads with the latest since Ian Bailey lost his case against the Garda Commissioner and the State on Monday. ‘Bailey’s partner to sue despite verdict’ reads the front page. The newspaper reports that Ian Bailey’s long-term partner Jules Thomas is seeking damages over the claim of wrongful arrests.
3. Coalition boost to campaign
‘Coalition gets boost in campaign to increase spending’ reads the front page of the Irish Times. The newspaper reports the Government’s boost in its campaign to press ahead with an increase in public spending next year.
4. Kavanagh 'murdered by own gang'
The Herald leads with the headline, ‘Murdered by his own gang’. The story centres on the dad-of-two who was killed by two hitmen in an attack in Drumcondra last week. Paul Kavanagh was murdered by his own gang as The Herald reports he was pocking money he was collecting from a notorious Drimnagh drug dealer.
5. Lillis free within a fortnight
The Irish Daily Mail leads with the news that Eamonn Lillis ‘will be freed within a fortnight’. Eamonn Lillis has served five years for the manslaughter of his wife Celine Cawley at their Howth home in 2008. The Irish Daily Mail today reports that his release date is ‘in and around April 15’ and he is set to leave prison with €1.3m.
6. Man arrested following blaze
‘Gale blazer’ reads the front of the Irish Daily Mirror. Seven families fled their homes last night after a massive blaze ripped through their homes in just 20 minutes, fanned by 90kph winds. A 39-year-old man has been arrested in connection to the incident.
7. Allergic to laughter
The Irish Sun leads with ‘I faint every time I laugh’, a Dublin teenager has spoken of how she is allergic to laughter. She will collapse every time she laughs as a result of her rare neuro-disorder cataplexy.
8. 'Death penalty for killers' - Jim Callaly
The Irish Daily Star leads with an interview with Jim Callaly, father of Rachel Callaly who was murdered by her husband Joe O’Reilly in their Naul home in 2004. Mr Callaly has called for convicted killers like Graham Dwyer and Joe O’Reilly to get the death penalty.
9. April Fool's Day
Finally… it is April Fools' today. Have you been caught yet? The Irish Sun has attempted to dupe readers into thinking they can taste flavours on the page with “pioneering new technology” PrinTaste. There are three ‘flavours’ on the page to try out – bacon and cabbage, raspberry ripple and orange and dandelion. Here’s hoping you didn’t get caught.