The six stories you need to know this morning:
1) Minister criticised for refusing sugary drink ban
‘Minister who won’t ban sugary drinks in our schools’ reads the front page of today’s Irish Independent. An obesity expert has warned Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan that the crisis in Ireland has passed tipping point. The minister has been criticised for refusing to ban fizzy drinks vending machines in second-level schools.
2) Supermarket wars
The Irish Examiner is reporting that staples at supermarkets cost up to 10 pc less than a year ago. ‘Shoppers cash in on all-out grocery price war’ the newspaper reads as it reports that consumers are the ‘big winners’ in the price war between supermarket giants.
3) Gaza after the war
The Irish Times leads with the latest from Gaza since the 50-day long Israel-Gaza conflict. ‘Gaza residents pick up the pieces after 50 days of bombing and destruction’ the front page reads.
4) Gardai investigate scooter attack
‘Scooter attack on Freddie’s in-law’ reads the front page of The Herald. The newspaper reports that ‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson’s father-in-law was seriously injured after he was seriously attacked with a scooter. The 58-year-old was attacked on Sunday night in Dublin’s south inner city.
5) Celebrity sex photos leak
The hacking and publication of hundreds of celebrities’ nude photos online leads the front pages of both the Irish Daily Star and the Irish Sun. ‘Cops probe sex pics scandal’ reads the front page of the Star, while the Irish Sun opts for ‘iMad – 101 female celebs blast hackers over nude pics’. Nude photos of more than 100 celebrities including Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton were leaked on Sunday night in one of the biggest ever celebrity hacking scandals.
6) School jumper scandal
‘Scandal of the school jumpers’ leads the front page of the Irish Daily Mail. The newspaper reports school jumper prices of more than €50 this school year.