The majority of this morning’s front pages lead with yesterday’s tragic Germanwings plane crash in the Alps.
The Airbus A320 with 150 people on board plunged into the Alps shortly after leaving Barcelona, Spain for its destination in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Germanwings crash kills 150 people
‘Alps air disaster probe’ reads the caption of the front page photo of the Irish Independent. The image shows aviation accident investigators and mountain police close to the scene of the crash site.
The Herald leads with ‘Wiped Out’. The article reports the Alps crash that killed 150 ‘sounded like an avalanche’. The Irish Daily Star leads with ‘Mystery of Flight 9525’ and shows a montage of photos of the crash site, grieving families at the airport and the plane in question, a Germanwings Airbus A320.
‘A continent in mourning’ reads the front page of the Irish Examiner. The main photograph shows family members of passengers killed in the Germanwings plane crash react to the news when the Airbus A320 crashed in the Alps.
Meanwhile, The Irish Times leads with ‘There are just little pieces of the aircraft’ and a photo of a young girl laying flowers down by the entrance to the Joseph-Koenig-Gymnasium in Haltern, Germany. Sixteen students and two teachers from the school are among the dead.
The Irish Daily Mirror leads with ‘8 minutes of terror’, the amount of time it allegedly took the plane to plunge from its cruising altitude of 32,000ft.
‘Register with Irish Water by June 30 or lose €100’ reads the front page of the Irish Independent. Paul Melia reports that householders will not be able to claim the €100 water conservation grant unless they register with Irish Water by June 30.
Government’s tax cuts plan questioned
The Government’s push for fresh tax cuts in the 2016 budget has been questioned by the ESRI, the Irish Times reports.
The ESRI have said the ‘optimal course’ would be to adopt a neutral budget for the final budget before the election, one without any net change in tax or spending as this could deliver a budget deficit close to zero.
Ten-time All-Ireland winner Henry Shefflin lifts the All-Ireland cup high on the front page of the Irish Daily Mail as he announces his retirement. ‘Farewell to King Henry’ the headline reads. The 11-time All-Star winner has called a press conference today for 12pm where it is expected he will announce his retirement from the inter-county game.
Clarkson is axed … but Top Gear will go on
Finally, BBC Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson is to be axed for the alleged assault of an Irish producer on the team, but the show will go on, the BBC confirmed. According to sources, BBC bosses are hoping Chris Evans, Radio 2 Breakfast Show host and self-confessed "petrol-head", will take over the spot.