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Today's Irish Independent

Today's Irish Independent

Today's Irish Independent

'Teachers run risk of delaying Leaving Cert' is the headline on the front page of today's Irish Independent.

Education Editor Katherine Donnelly reports that parents have warned the ongoing school strikes are affecting this year's leaving and junior cert exams.

The front page also carries a photography of Kilkenny All-Ireland winning captain Lester Ryan with his late father John Ryan and mother Lilly.

John Ryan died following an accident yesterday on the family farm in Dunbell, Co Kilkenny.

Lester has led tributes to his father, saying: "He'd say to me: 'As long as you're happy hurling, that's the main thing...'"

Both the Irish Independent and the Irish Times carry stories on their front pages about the €1.1 trillion eurozone rescue plan.

Reporting from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Irish Independent reporter Colm Kelpie reports that the former head of German's central bank said the plan to rescue the eurozone may not be enough to save the single currency.

Axel Weber, former Bundesbank chief, blamed countries such as Ireland for not doing enough to cut spent.

He told an audience at Davos that the European Central Bank's massive money printing operation, to be revealed later today, will "only [be] part of the fix".

The son of Charlie Haughey, former TD Sean Haughey, features on the front page of today's Irish Examiner.

Speaking to Joe Duffy on RTE Radio One's 'Liveline' programme yesterday, Cllr Sean Haughey said his family were "horrified" over the portrayal of the late former Taoiseach in the recent three-part RTE series 'Haughey'.

He claimed it was an "intrusion" and a particularly difficult experience for his mother Maureen.

He also said the series gave too much prominence to his father's long-running affair with Terry Keane and that the "pillow-talk" scenes between the pair were "quite explicit".

The Irish Daily Star carries a picture of Audrey Fitzpatrick and Dave Mahon under the headline 'I'm marrying man accused of killing my son'.

Audrey, who is mum to missing Irish teenager Amy Fitzpatrick and late son Dean, said she will marry her long-term partner Dave Mahon.

Mr Mahon is due to stand trial for the killing of Dean Fitzpatrick in July.

Daughter Amy disappeared close to her home in Spain on January 1, 2008.

Her son Dean died following an incident in Dublin in May 2013.

'Number's up for cocaine bingo gran' is the main headline on the front page of today's Herald.

Ralph Riegel reports that a "bingo-loving granny was caught with cocaine for sale outside a popular hall".

Helen Heaphy (50), with an address at Kerryhall Road, Fairhill, Cork, appeared before Cork Districkt Court yesterday charged with possession of the drug for sale or supply.

The incident happened outside Rock Bingo at Deanrock Business Park in Togher, Co Cork, on July 9 last year.

She was fined €750 after pleading guilty.

The cast of Mrs Brown's Boys feature in all the papers today after they won an award a the National Television Awards in the UK last night.

The awards also featured a tribute to Coronation Street actress Anne Kirkbride who passed away on Monday. Ms Kirkbride played Deirdre Barlow for 43 years.

Her on screen husband Bill Roache, who plays Ken Barlow, paid a touching tribute to the actress on stage.

"We're deeply touched by the outpouring of love for our dear friend Anne," he said.

"For over 40 years she became one of the best loved characters on television. With her husky voice and spectacles, the nation took Deirdre to their hearts.

"I feel so honoured, blessed and privileged to have those years working with Anne," he said.

Her Coronation Street castmates stayed away from the red carpet and were led in to the ceremony by Bill.

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