What it says in the papers
We take a look at the main stories in this morning’s papers.
The Irish Independent leads with the news that patients on public waiting lists could soon get treatment privately.
Some patients on public waiting lists may even be sent abroad, as hospitals battle to deal with the worrying backlog.
Beaumont, Connolly and Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Drogheda - which have suffered some of the worst trolley gridlock in emergency departments since the beginning of the year - have issued a tender for the work, the Irish Independent has learned.
The Irish Times leads with the story that the State could still favour opposite-sex couples if next week’s marriage referendum passes.
However the chairman of the Referendum Commission, Mr Justice Kevin Cross, indicated that any law that treated one married couple differently to another would be heavily scrutinised by the courts.
The ‘No’ side had claimed that it would be impossible for the law to distinguish between couples if the vote was passed.
The Irish Examiner meanwhile reports that the level of online sex abuse material has soared.
It is reported by the paper that the number of complaints about illegal material has reached an all-time high.
The Herald leads with the revelation by former Junior Minister Lucinda Creighton that doctor’s saved her baby’s life.
The Renua founder said that things went ‘seriously wrong’ when she was in labour in Holles Street – but that medics saved her baby.
On the front page of the Irish Daily Mil is a story which reports that Irish mothers are the oldest in Europe.
The EU trend is that half of first time mothers will have their baby in their 20s, while in Ireland half of mothers will first give birth in their 30s.
The Irish Daily Star reports that wife-murderer Joe O’Reilly has taken over as captain and goalie of the Arbour Hill Prison soccer team.
42-year-old O'Reilly this week lost his most recent appeal against his conviction for the murder of his wife Rachel a decade ago.
The Irish Sun reports that a 14-year-old girl has given birth to her second baby in a year.
A HSE source told the paper that the girl was ‘a statutory rape victim’.
Finally the Irish Daily Mirror reports that dissidents had planned a ‘new Omagh bomb’ targeting Prince Charles during his visit here next week.
All garda leave has been cancelled as a massive security operation is staged ahead of the visit of the heir to the British throne.