*The Irish Independent leads with the probe into Apple’s tax affairs in Ireland. Tom Molloy reports, “The State could be forced to collect an unwanted windfall worth billions of euro if Apple is forced to pay legacy taxes following a probe into its affairs by Brussels”.
*The Herald leads on the tragic story of Paula Dinsberga, the eight-year-old tragically killed in a farm accident in Cork at the weekend. “Everyone asks what I need, but I just want to hold my daughter,” her mother Linda says.
*The Irish Times reports this morning that junior minister at the Department of the Environment and Waterford TD, Paudie Coffey, has hired former Waterford Fine Gael councillor and Irish Water director, Hilary Quinlan, as his personal driver – earning him €665 a week.
*In the Irish Daily Mail, the lead story concerns the chronic shortage of priests. The story – which is carried in all today’s papers – claims that grieving relatives will have to share loved one’s Requiem with up to 10 coffins in church, according to overwhelmed priests – and group weddings are on the way too.
*The new US ambassador to Ireland will be sworn in at a ceremony in Washington later today – after the position was left vacant for almost two years. Irish-American lawyer Kevin O'Malley is expected to take up the role before the end of the year
*All the papers also report on the arrest of a man suspected of the stabbing of Dublin footballer Jonny Cooper. The 31-year-old was arrested in Cloverhill Prison where he is on remand for a separate crime