What's in the papers
Bank bonuses and country star Garth Brooks dominate this morning’s front pages.
‘You don’t deserve bonuses’ is Noonan’s message to bankers, as reported on the front page of today’s Irish Independent. Finance Minister Michael Noonan has issued a blunt challenge to top AIB executives to either accept the ban on bankers’ bonuses – or leave the state-owned bank.
The front page of the Irish Examiner reports that Senior Help Line, a helpline for the elderly, is struggling to cope with calls. A total of 28,500 older people reached out last year as loneliness, cuts, fear and emigration take hold.
The much-anticipated Garth Brooks tickets go on sale this morning and hardcore fans who have been camping outside ticket outlets since the beginning of the week feature on the front page of the Irish Examiner and the Irish Times. Meanwhile, in other Garth news, the Irish Independent reports that a website has been selling the tickets for up to 12 times their face value before they go on sale this morning.
The Irish Times’ front page reports on the pylon inquiry this morning, as the Government widen the inquiry but deny a climb-down. Meanwhile, the opposition claim the Government have been forced into an embarrassing U-turn.
Doctors have begun to ease Formula One star Michael Schumacher out of coma, the front page of the Irish Daily Mirror reports. The 45-year-old has been in a coma for a month.
The front page of the Irish Daily Mail reports on a special Prime Time programme which will air on RTE tonight. It investigates and exposes the failings over deaths in an Irish maternity unit. The documentary is called ‘Fatal Failures’
In The Herald this morning, a woman has told a court that she had sex with her partner’s killer moments after he was stabbed to death. Barbara Staunton told the trial she was ‘afraid of her life’.
In sports news this morning, author Paul Kimmage has revealed why he quit work on rugby star Brian O’Driscoll’s autobiography. The author spoke at last night’s Sunday Independent’s ‘Sports Off The Page’ event.