What it says in the papers
Two main stories dominate this morning’s front pages: The revelations that the offices of the Garda Siochana Ombusdman Commission (GSOC) were bugged – and the tragic demise of ex-rugby player Cathal Sweeney.
Irish Independent reports that the GSOC is to be grilled over its failure to report the spying probe. The Irish Times leads with ‘Kenny to seek Shatter brief on bugging’, Irish Examiner reads ‘Garda watchdog HQ bugging claim’, while Irish Daily Star reports, ‘Shatter: I knew nothing about spy op bugging.’
Also on the front page of the Irish Independent is the story of the post-match row that lead to the death of 62-year-old Cathal Sweeney, where Jerome Reilly reports that the former captain of one of Dublin’s best known rugby clubs was killed following a disagreement after Saturday’s Six Nations match.
Irish Daily Star’s lead reads ‘Rugby fan killed in beer row’, Irish Daily Mail’s off-lead reports ‘Ex-rugby player beaten to death after match on TV’ and Irish Daily Mirror splashes with ‘GAA star’s dad dies after attack’.
The Irish Examiner leads with the shocking findings that employees at Social Protection offices have reported 200 intimidating incidents in the last two years, with the headline, ‘Welfare office staff face death threats’. The debate about homophobia in Ireland rages on as their off-lead reads ‘Martin: Some in Church may be homophobic’.
Meanwhile, other front page news from the Irish Times reads ‘ RTE ‘State reaps €55m-plus windfall from health insurance. The paper reports that the Health Minister is seeking a meeting about how this surplus will be spent amid speculation VHI may get the lion’s share.
Every worker in the country could be forced to contribute up to 15pc of their gross income into a mandatory pension scheme, the Irish Examiner also reports, as Best-dressed lady at Leopardstown yesterday, Louise Allen, takes the picture lead.
In sports news, unsurprisingly, the Six Nations takes centre stage. The Irish Independent leads with ‘Schmidt wary as the fell-good factor returns’, as Clonmel is set to welcome the Irish squad for a two day regroup.