What it says in the papers
Latest in the Berkeley investigation, the A&E crisis reaches new heights and the man that saved a girl from attack in Stephen's Green. Here are the front page stories you need to know this morning:
1. A&E crisis
‘Psychotic patients left on trolleys in crisis-hit A&E’ reads the front page of the Irish Independent. The newspaper reports that that A&E crisis has now escalated to the point where psychiatric patients are being left on the trolley for days on end.
2. Berkeley investigation
The Herald, the Irish Daily Star and the Irish Daily Mail lead with the latest in the investigation into the Berkeley balcony collapse that killed five young Irish students on their J1 trip and one Irish-American student. Seven Irish students were also injured in the balcony collapse. ‘Never Again’ reads the front of the Herald. It reads: ‘As heartbroken families bury their loved ones, report blames ‘severe dry rot’ and calls for new safety rules’. The Irish Daily Mail leads with ‘Ireland has been united in grief… how could they let it happen?’. Meanwhile, the Irish Daily Star leads with the headline: ‘Heartbreaking scenes at funerals as dry rot confirmed as cause of tragedy’.
3. Grief at Berkeley funerals
Both the Irish Times and the Irish Examiner also lead their front pages with yesterday’s funerals of Berkeley victims Eimear Walsh and Eoghan Culligan. ‘Grace, dignity and heartache for two lost young lives’ reads the Irish Times. The Irish Examiner leads with: ‘Emotional scenes as thousands pay their last respects’.
4. Same-sex spouses 'denied equality'
The leading story on the Irish Examiner reads: ‘Same-sex spouses denied pension equality’. The newspaper reports that gay civil servants have been refused the right to upgrade their single person’s pension to a spouse and children pension.
5. St Stephens Green attack hero
The Irish Sun leads with the story of the man who beat off an attacker from a young woman in St Stephens Green during an attempted sexual assault. ‘I whacked park fiend with stick’ reads the front page. It features a photo of Patrick Flynn (51) who used the stick to beat the attacker.
6. Conman strikes twice
The Irish Daily Mirror leads their front page with ‘Date conman strikes twice’. The newspaper reports of a ‘twisted blackmailer’ who has claimed another victim after he admitted to stealing over €15,000 from a woman he met online.