The papers haven't agreed this morning on what to lead with but the stories that stand out rather prominently are the latest in the garda bugging drama – and the evidence given by tycoon Sean Quinn in the Anglo trial yesterday.
Irish Independent leads with a quote from the businessman himself ''We lost €3.2bn in Anglo bank fiasco, I was a fool'' as Quinn tells the court of his 'gentleman's agreement' with bankers. The Irish Times reports Anglo as an off-lead with 'Regulator told me Anglo was 'strong', says Quinn', Irish Examiner reads ‘Quinn:Anglo chiefs knew bank was in trouble when they offered millions’, while Irish Daily Mirror reports, ‘Quinn: I was a fool.’
Also on the front page of the Irish Independent is the story from Tom Brady that Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan is to seek clarification from the Ombudsman after a confusing statement from the watchdog appeared to implicate the Garda in alleged HQ bugging.
In related news, Irish Times lead story reads 'Callinan accuses watchdog of implying Garda complicity in suspected bugging' and Irish Examiner carries the tale that 'Gardai and ombudsman at odds over bugging row'. Irish Daily Star’s side panel reads ‘Kenny must tackle spying claims farce’ and Irish Daily Mail’s off-lead reports ‘Garda chief in war of words with watchdog’
The Herald leads with the shocking trial of Bernard Locke with the title 'Stabbed 70 times for being annoying' and the main story on the front page of Irish Daily Mail reads 'A three-year wait for our sick children' as almost 40 children kept waiting fro an outpatient appointment.
Other front page news from the Irish Times reads ‘US multinationals paid effective tax rate of 22pc in 2011, says study'. The paper reports of a Trinity research paper that challenges Government claims over corporation tax.
'New age of cybercrime: Live child rapes, sextortion, and advanced malware', the Irish Examiner also reports, as President Michael D Higgins meeting Irish flood victims takes the picture lead.
Irish Daily Star's lead is an bizarre tale of Belfast man Mark Twonley aka Ashraf Islam with the title 'Irish nut's plan to kill Prince Harry'
Irish Independent's sports splash reads 'United's £696m interest bill', while more rugby-related yarns fill the back page - 'Out-half [Sexton] will stay in France even if O'Gara returns to Munster'.