What it says in the papers
Today's papers are dominated with coverage of increased EU pressure on the situation in the Ukraine.
The Irish Independent leads features a new image of riot police in Moscow on its front page, with a splash focusing on Eircom investors (who purchased in 1999) sharing a massive €64m windfall. Hundreds of thousands of smaller shareholders are finally getting some money on their return after Vodafone US's sale to telecommunication giant Verizon.
Today's Irish Times leads with a piece Rehab chief executive Angela Kerins' non-disclosure of her husband's significant stake in a company when she appeared before the Public Accounts Committee. The relationship between Rehab and Complete Eco Solutions Ltd is currently being investigated by the PAC.
The Herald features an exclusive story by Ken Foy and Sam Griffin on a 14-year old boy who was yesterday arrested for the rape of a 16-year-old girl in a laneway near a school.
Also in the paper, journalist Emma Jane Hade visits Ireland's first pub accepting bitcoin as currency.
The Irish Examiner leads with Health Correspondent Catherine Shanahan's story that the HSE has pulled funding for support groups for women given contanimated blood by the State. Funding has been pulled due to statements by the HSE over their concerns of 'significant deficits', according to correspondence seen by the paper.
And Cork fishmonger Pat O'Connell, who famously showed off his work to Queen Elizabeth II during her historic Irish visit, has been invited to Buckingham Palace.
The Irish Sun splashes with an exclusive showbiz story by Ken Sweeney suggesting that Marty Whelan may be axed from hosting RTE's Winning Streak to rejuvenate the programme. He is reportedly set to be replaced by Marty Morrissey, four years his junior.
In sport, Ireland captain Robbie Keane has signed a new long-term deal with LA Galaxy while in rugby, Joe Schmidt is making a last minute decision on Jonny Sexton's injury this morning for Saturday's clash against Italy.
The Herald leads with Ireland's defeast by Serbia at last night's friendly, showing just how big a job is in store for coaches Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane.