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Published 05/10/2015 | 06:47

Nervous Irish fans during the match against Italy yesterday. Photo:
Reuters
Nervous Irish fans during the match against Italy yesterday. Photo: Reuters

Middle-income earners will pay less than 50pc tax on their salaries for the first time in six years, the Irish Independent reveals on their front page this morning.

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Senior sources confirmed last night that, with just over a week to go to the last Budget before the General Election, the Government will lower the effective higher rate of tax to at least 49.5pc.

The deeply unpopular Universal Social Charge could be cut by 1.5pc. Stay tuned.

The world's most valuable brand was also revealed overnight. Can you take a guess?

The front page of today's Irish Independent
The front page of today's Irish Independent

Yes, it's Apple which is now worth an estimated 170.276bn dollars. The brand's sales were pushed massively after the release of its smartwatch and the iPhone 6s. Google came in at number two, while Coca Cola is the third most valuable brand in the world.

Digital companies dominate the list with 13 technology brands in the top 100 - including Facebook - which has seen its value jump by more than half (54pc) in the past year - Microsoft and Samsung.

The Doctors Without Borders hospital is seen in flames, after an explosion in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 . (Medecins Sans Frontieres via AP)
The Doctors Without Borders hospital is seen in flames, after an explosion in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 . (Medecins Sans Frontieres via AP)

Read more: Revealed: The world's most valuable brand

In world news, the US and Afghanistan have vowed jointly to investigate the attack on a hospital in Kunduz that killed 22 people, as street-by street battles continued between government forces and Taliban fighters.

Simon Zebo, left, and Dave Kearney jump for the ball with Italy's Michele Campagnaro during yesterday's World Cup game at the Olympic Stadium, London Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Simon Zebo, left, and Dave Kearney jump for the ball with Italy's Michele Campagnaro during yesterday's World Cup game at the Olympic Stadium, London Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Officials warned of a looming humanitarian crisis for civilians trapped in the city.

Amid accusations that US jet fighters were responsible for what Doctors Without Borders said was a "sustained bombing" of their trauma centre in Kunduz, president Barack Obama and Afghanistan's president Ashraf Ghani promised investigations.

Mr Obama said he expected a full accounting of the circumstances surrounding the bombing, and that he would wait for those results before making a judgment.

Read more: US and Afghanistan vow to investigate Kunduz hospital bombing which killed 22 people

In today's newspapers, the Irish Independent leads with 'Tax burden falls below 50pc on middle incomes'. The front page photograph features Dave Kearney being tacked by Italy's centre Michele Campagnero as Schmidt's Ireland scrambled to a narrow victory and guaranteed themselves a quarter-final place in the Rugby World Cup. The caption reads: 'Ireland's wake-up call'.

Read more: Look on the bright side - didn't we win the game?

The front page of the Herald reads 'Hutch ring of steel' and reports how armed gardai are on high alert for the funeral of the slain gangster. The 34-year-old's body was repatriated on Friday and armed patrols will form a ring of steel around the north inner city as he is laid to rest tomorrow.

Read more: 'Fat' Freddie moves up hit list as paranoid Christy Kinahan continues purge of henchmen

The Irish Daily Star and the Irish Daily Mirror both lead with Brendan Rodgers' sudden departure from Liverpool yesterday. 'Brendan's Kop Out' reads the Irish Daily Star, while the Mirror leads with 'Brend of the road'.

'Blind mum done for no TV licence' reads the front page of the Irish Sun. According to the newspaper, a blind woman has been taken to court twice for not having a TV licence, even though he doesn't need one. Mum Suzanne O'Connor can only listen to shows and is in the process of receiving her free licence.

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