What it says in the papers
We take a look at the front pages of this morning’s newspapers.
The Irish Independent leads with the revelation that the FAI received a €5m payoff from Fifa after the 2010 Thierry Henry handball controversy.
FAI boss John Delaney said the payoff represented ‘very good business’.
Mr Delaney told the paper that although nothing would replace being at the World Cup, commercially the payoff superseded any revenues the organisation would have earned from participating in the tournament.
The Irish Times reports that the coalition has been urged to broaden the terms of the IBRC inquiry.
Fianna Fail and Sinn Fein have called for the inquiry to examine corporate governance issues.
However Taoiseach Enda Kenny has insisted that there is no evidence of any wrong doing.
The paper also reports on the FIFA payoff controversy on its front page; as well as news that a veteran republican is facing prosecution over the Jean McConville murder.
The Irish Examiner also leads with the controversy surrounding the FIFA payoff to the FAI.
Also on its front page is a picture of Ireland’s first rollercoaster, which was officially opened yesterday at Tayto Park in Co Meath.
‘Over the Top’, the photo is captioned.
The Herald also leads with the FIFA payment controversy.
The paper reports that the money was a ‘stadium loan’ designed to stop any potential legal action over the infamous Henry handball.
The Irish Daily Mail also leads with the FIF payment, saying Henry’s ‘cheat goal’ netted €5m for the FAI.
‘...And FIFA’s Sepp Blatter eyed up my girlfriend’, accompanies a photo of FAI boss John Delaney and his partner.
The Irish Daily star again leads with the FIFA payment controversy.
Its front page labels the payment by FIFA to the FAI as ‘hush money’.
The Irish Mirror also leads with the story.
Finally the Irish Sun reports on the ‘Fantastic Four’ – Ireland’s newest quadruplets.
Parents Anita and David Kelly conceived their four bundles of joy naturally – beating odds of 700,000/1.
The babies are now back home in Barnan, Co Offaly after treatment in specialist hospital.