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Marty Morrissey

Marty Morrissey

Garda Brian Hanrahan with his wife Emma

Garda Brian Hanrahan with his wife Emma

Gda Brian Hanrahan

Gda Brian Hanrahan

Picture Credit: Brian Gavin Pres

Derek Byrne

Derek Byrne

Aer Lingus planes on the tarmac

Aer Lingus planes on the tarmac

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Marty Morrissey

Here are the seven stories you need to know about today.

'Mortgage income cap will lock couples out of the market' is the headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Independent'. Personal Finance Editor Charlie Weston writes that typical working couples will be approved for €100,000 less in mortgage borrowings under new Central Bank rules.

It's a double whammy for homebuyers - as well as having to come up with bigger deposits, thousands are set to have their property dreams crushed by the mortgage income caps, the report says.

The story of Garda Brian Hanrahan (31), who was shot during a mugging while on a trip in the US with his father, also features on the front page. The newspaper reports that the wife of the off-duty garda was expected to fly out to her husband today.  He is currently receiving treatment at the University Hospital New Orleans where he underwent surgery to remove a bullet from his back.

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Garda Brian Hanrahan with his wife Emma

Garda Brian Hanrahan with his wife Emma

Gda Brian Hanrahan

Gda Brian Hanrahan

Picture Credit: Brian Gavin Pres

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Garda Brian Hanrahan with his wife Emma

Gda Hanrahan, who is based in Newcastle West, Co Limerick, was travelling part of the famous Route 66 with his father when the incident occurred. He had just taken out money from an ATM when he was confronted by an individual who shot him twice before fleeing with his wallet.

'I'm not afraid of jail' is the headline on today's front page of 'The Herald'.

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Derek Byrne

Derek Byrne

Derek Byrne

The headline relates to anti-water charges protester Derek Byrne who called President Michael D Higgins a "midget parasite". He said he was "not afraid of going to jail" and has vowed to continue his anti-water charges campaign.

Mr Byrne repeated his "parasite" claim against President Higgins, but apologised for calling him a "midget".

'Coalition TDs concerned over Aer Lingus' is the headline in today's 'Irish Times' newspaper.

Reporter Fiach Kelly writes the coalition is "hardening its stance" against the sale of the airline to British Airways parent company 'IAG' after members of Fine Gael and Labour expressed their concerns at private party meetings.

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Aer Lingus planes on the tarmac

Aer Lingus planes on the tarmac

Aer Lingus planes on the tarmac

He writes that Labour leader Joan Burton told her party she has yet to see any strong argument supporting the sale. However, she added the government had to be realistic and could not block any potential deal.

The 'Irish Daily' star reports that a Louth woman has become the first adult in the world to have a revolutionary remote controlled 'robo-spine'.

Deirdre McDonnell (34) - who suffered from a curved spine - can now stand tall for the first time after the pioneering operation, the newspaper reports.

The 'Irish Examiner' carries a story reporting the Government has been accused of letting former Justice Minister Alan Shatter "muzzle" a Dail inquiry into alleged Garda malpractice through legal threats.

A Dail debate on the commission of investigation into the Cavan/Monaghan Garda division was scrapped yesterday after claims by the Ceann Comhairle the matter was before the courts and out of order.

Mr Shatter has launched an action to overturn the Guerin inquiry which lead to his resignation and preempted the Commission's set up.

Opposition parties and TDs walked out of the Dail yesterday and claimed Mr Shatter's intervention in the debate about the probe had essentially "muzzled" the Oireachtas.

And finally, RTE Sports broadcaster Marty Morrissey made his stage debut last night.

He thread the boards of the Gaiety Theatre as the character Ulick in John B Keane play 'Moll'.

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Marty Morrissey

Marty Morrissey

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Marty Morrissey

It was a one-off performance by Marty, who is currently hosting the late afternoon slot on RTE Radio One ahead of Ray D'Arcy's new show next week.

The GAA broadcaster said he has no plans to pursue a full-time career in acting, but didn't completely rule it out.

"I wouldn't think so, but life is about opportunities.

"I never ever thought I would be on the stage in the Gaiety. I'm so privileged and delighted to be, so who knows."

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