What it says in the papers
The five stories you need to know this morning
1. Pensions time-bomb fund
'New fund to defuse pensions time bob' reads the front page of the Irish Independent. The Government wants to put billions in taxpayers money back into a special fund in a bid to defuse the pensions time bomb, the main story reads.
2. Gail not guilty in assisted suicide case
Dublin taxi driver Gail O'Rorke smiles broadly on the front page of The Herald. The 43-year-old was yesterday found not guilty of assisting the suicide of her friend, multiple sclerosis sufferer Bernadette Forde. 'I'm over the moon' reads the front page, 'Tears as Gail cleared of assisting friend's suicide'.
3. Final goodbye to Karen Buckley
The friends and family of tragic Karen Buckley feature on the majority of front pages this morning. The funeral of the 24-year-old nurse took place yesterday in her hometown of Mourneabbey, almost two weeks after her body was discovered on a rural farm outside of Glasgow. 'Tears and roses from Karen's colleagues' reads the front page of the Irish Daily Mail. The Irish Sun and the Irish Daily Mirror both lead their front pages with an account of the day, with the headlines 'Goodbye my angel' and 'Tears in the rain'. The Irish Examiner features a photo of Karen's grieving family with the headline quoting the priest's words, 'A violated sense of order'.
4. Spring Statement latest
The Irish Daily Mail leads their front page with '€1 a day is our budget payback'. The newspaper reports that Finance Minister Noonan 'vows to look after the self-employed, but won't have much left for PAYE workers', following yesterday's Spring Statement.
The Irish Times also leads with the latest outline of a plan from the cabinet ministers. 'Coalition strategy to cut tax and social charge' reads the front page.
5. Mum of 'abused boy' speaks out
'Woman walks free after sex attack on boy (13)' reads the front page of the Irish Daily Star. The newspaper has an exclusive with the mother of a boy who was allegedly abused by his youth worker.