What it says in the papers
Today's papers are dominated by coverage of the ongoing saga surrounding the Garda Tapes.
The Irish Independent leads with a story by Shane Phelan on allegations of a judge pressuring a whistleblower to withdraw allegations against a senior member of the force, adding a fresh twist to the ongoing drama in the Department of Justice. The paper has seen the papers showing sworn statements by former garda John Wilson and the Garda Ombudsman. Inside, extensive analysis by Fionnan Sheahan, Niall O'Connor and John Downing feature.
The Herald splashes with a court case in Tallaght in which Judge Anthony Halpin sensationally claimed that 'Muslims feel that they can actually beat their wives', to a packed courthouse. He is now under fire from the Immigrant Council of Ireland for his 'disappointing' remarks.
The Irish Times also leads with the ongoing garda controversy, revealing the efforts to limit damage following the revelations of two decades of illedgal recordings by Gardai. The paper reports that there has been no contact between the Government and judiciary about the potential for court delays.
The Irish Sun also covers the garda tapes controversy with an exclusive story by Owen Conlon and Brian Kavanagh, which reports that John Dundon's conviction for the killing of rugby player Shane Geoghegan is unlikely to be overturned as garda sources tell the paper they did not record any material related to Mr Dundon.
Patrick Nulty, former TD who retired after a Facebook sex scandal, has been cleared for investigation from Gardai, according to the Irish Daily Star. Michael O'Toole reports that there won't be a Garda probe into his actions, which includes sending a lewd message to a 17-year-old girl on the social networking site.
Meanwhil,e, in sport, the Irish Independent features a story on Martin O'Neill's reported temporary move as manager of Nottingham Forest will not happen. The FAI told the paper that no contact has been made between the two parties, nor do they anticipate any.
In rugby, Rob Penney's Six Nations comments are more likely to hinder his own Munster players, rather than Leinster, according to the latest from Ruaidrhri O'Connor.
The Herald covers Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert jumping in defence of Man United's David Moyes, expressing his sympathy for the under-fire manager. 'I think the magnitude is huge," Lambert said. 'Only David can truly tell you about that, but from the outside looking in, it is a massive, massive job'.