In the headlines: Labour minister Pat Rabbitte; rising house prices; Celebrity Masterchef axed
The Irish Independent says Pat Rabbitte has quietly appointed two Coalition cronies to a state board in his final days as a Cabinet minister. The Communications Minister has put a Labour Party by-election candidate and a former Fine Gael TD on the board of Bord na Mona.
Meanwhile, the value of homes and apartments is again rising at a double-digit level – for the first time since the property bubble burst, Charlie Weston reports. Prices shot up by more than 10pc across the country in the year to May and by twice that in Dublin, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) said.
The Herald details the murder trial of Marioara Rostas, a teenage girl who was shot four times in the head. The semi-naked mummified remains of Ms Rostas, 18, were found four years after her disappearance, hidden in a shallow grave in the Dublin mountains.
The Irish Times says senior Irish officials believe an Italian-led push for a loosening of European budget rules may open up potential for a modest easing of the Government’s fiscal path in the medium term. While high-level figures in the Coalition see no scope to dilute the EU-mandated deficit target in the October budget, Italy’s demand for more budgetary flexibility has reignited debate on whether the enforcement of strict fiscal rules should be relaxed to stimulate economic growth.
The Irish Daily Mirror says the fundraising campaign for terminally-ill four-year-old Gavin Glynn has reached its €300,000 target in just one week. The My Boy campaign was launched last week. The family have found a treatment in Texas called HIPEC.
The Irish Daily Mail says Cabinet confidentiality will prevent the banking inquiry from examining the crucial meeting that produced the disastrous 2008 bank guarantee. In the latest setback to the Oireachtas inquiry, cross-examination of witnesses about the events that led to the bailout which cost the country €440billion has been ruled out on legal advice.
The Irish Examiner says there was a huge rise in the number of discretionary medical cards given out in the two months before the local and European elections, with a rise of 1,800 in May and 800 in April. The spike followed a year of consistent reductions in the number of discretionary cards in circulation.
The Irish Sun says Celebrity Masterchef has been axed by RTE. Once hailed a ratings success story, the paper says that it appears Masterchef Ireland “has gone off the boil”. There will be no celebrity version of the show on RTE this summer.
The Irish Daily Star says TV3 Xpose's Aisling O’Loughlin’s husband Nick MacInnes has been given the all-clear by doctors after his battle with leukaemia. The pair are planning to celebrate with a trip to the Curragh races at the weekend.