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The front page of this morning's Irish Independent

The front page of this morning's Irish Independent

The front page of this morning's Irish Independent

We take a look at the front pages of this morning’s newspapers.

The Irish Independent reports that private health insurance patients are being forced onto overwhelmed public waiting lists after discovering too late their policy doesn’t cover a procedure they need.

The health insurance market has been flooded with cheaper policies in recent years as companies try to retain their customers.

There are now 377 plans on the market here – up from 297 just 12 months ago.

The Irish Times meanwhile leads with how Tanaiste Joan Burton is expected to argue that Ireland be allowed row back on strict European Commission financial rules, to give the government more leeway for October’s final pre-election budget.

She is expected to make the call in a speech at Boston College later today.

The Irish Examiner reports that there have been a record number of pupil truancy warnings issued.

However, the paper notes that there has just been nine convictions despite over 550 warnings being sent.

The Herald reports that 3,300 heroin users in Ireland have been taking methadone for ten years or more.

178 people have been on the programme for over two decades.

The programme currently costs about €20m per year to run.

The Irish Daily Mail meanwhile reports that the National Lottery are planning to add extra numbers to the draw, which could cut players chances of winning by up to 50pc.

The embattled national lottery, which has had several system failures over the last few weeks, hopes the move would lead to more rollovers and higher jackpots, the paper reports.

The Irish Daily Star reports on who it claims is Ireland’s youngest grandmother.

The paper claims a 29-year-old woman will become Ireland’s youngest grandmother after her 15-year-old daughter became pregnant.

The Irish Mirror reports on a video which circulated on social media yesterday which appears to show a guard pepper spraying a homeless man.

The guard also appears to put his foot on the man, who was lying in a doorway in Dublin city centre.

Finally The Irish Sun reports on how Wayne Rooney showed off his new knockout goal celebration – after a video circulated online yesterday showed him pretending to be knocked out by a punch.

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