What it says in the papers
Published 31/08/2015 | 07:06
HSE's plans for 2016, calls to restrict free travel and the tragic victims of the weekend's drowning in Limerick, here are the main stories you need to know this morning.
1. HSE bombshell
'HSE's €2bn extra budget bombshell' reads the front page of today's Irish Independent. The newspaper reveals that the HSE is looking for almost €2bn more in funding next year.
Health service managers wants to hire 5,000 staff, match the same level of service next year and bring a range of hospital and elderly care services up to standard.
2. Calls for free travel restrictions
The Irish Times leads their front page with the headline 'Free travel scheme peak-time restrictions sought'. The newspaper reports that State transport providers are seeking curbs on the holders of free travel passes. However, the Tanaiste has said the scheme will remain intact and will not be undermined.
3. Tragic victims of Limerick drowning
The Herald and the Irish Daily Star lead their front pages with Saturday's tragic accident in Limerick city which saw two men killed. Heartbroken families have paid tribute to the two men, Tim 'TJ' O'Herlihy (36), from Castleisland, Co Kerry, died alongside his workmate, Bryan Whelan (29) from O'Briensbridge, Co Clare, after the cage in which they were working in on the side of Thomond Bridge fell into the water. 'Drowned on his first day at work' reads The Herald while the Irish Daily Star leads with 'A true gentleman'.
4. Man dies at sea, nine family members rescued
The Irish Mirror leads their front page with the headline '9 rescued after five hours in sea'. The newspaper reports on an incident which saw nine members of the same family have a miracle escape after spending five hours in the pitch-dark sea when their boat capsized. However, a 73-year-old man died in the tragic incident.
5. Ireland 'can take several thousand refugees'
'Ireland urged to take in more refugees' reads the front page of the Irish Examiner. The newspaper reports on charity Trocaire's comments on how the State has the capacity to take several thousand people.
6. Man 'clears debts with jail stint'
The Irish Daily Mail leads with the story of a how businessman jailed for under a year for refusing to cooperate with bankruptcy officials is now 'off the hook'. 'Man gets off €1.8m debt... by going to Mountjoy' reads the front page.
7. And finally... it's back to Croker for Dublin and Mayo
Dublin and Mayo fans are preparing themselves for the replay of the All-Ireland Senior Football Semi-Final next weekend. The front pages of the majority of the newspapers feature a photograph from yesterday's nail-biting game. 'Mayo jump for joy after fight-back earns replay' reads the Irish Independent, 'Mayo back from the dead' reads the Irish Daily Mirror, while the Irish Examiner opts for the simple 'Great Escape'.