The six stories you need to know this morning:
1. Debt default crisis
‘Revealed – thousands of professionals seek help to go bankrupt’ reads the front page of today’s Irish Independent. The newspaper reports that doctors and accountants are leading calls for a rule change to practise after insolvency. Personal Finance editor Charlie Weston writes that the dramatic move ‘reflects a debt default crisis that has engulfed formerly high-rolling professional classes’.
2. Ryder Cup victory
Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley is waking up a happy man today after he engineered one of the great victories for Europe over the USA at Gleneagles in Scotland. McGinley is pictured kissing the cup on the front of the Irish Independent and The Herald and is snapped with the European flag and Irish flag on the front of the Irish Times.
3. Farm tragedy
An eight-year-old girl was killed after being crushed in a freak accident on a farm at the weekend. The girl’s 11-year-old friend is fighting for her life after they both became trapped under machinery. ‘Girl (8) crushed to death’ reads the front page of The Herald. ‘Girl of 8 dies on farm while parents away’ reads the front of the Irish Daily Mail. Meanwhile, the Irish Examiner leads with the headline, ‘Girl dies in farm accident as parents return from holiday’.
4. Phyllis, Father Michael Cleary and me
In the latest reaction to the story of Felicia Irwin’s hunt for the truth, Father Brian D’Arcy said the Catholic Church must provide ‘all necessary support’ for the American woman, if DNA tests prove Fr Michael Cleary is her biological father.
5. Galvin’s pitch invader
Kerry footballer Paul Galvin was attacked by a pitch invader yesterday during a club game. The attacker was an official from a rival Kerry team. ‘GAA star Galvin in horror hurley attack’ reads the front of the Irish Daily Mirror, while The Sun opt for ‘Galvin gets clobbered’.
6. State too soft – farmers
The latest results from the Irish Examiner/ICMSA survey reveals that 89 per cent of farmer say the State is soft on migrants. ‘Nine out of 10 farmers feel Ireland’s immigration policy is too lax, despite recent scandals over conditions for asylum seekers in direct provision’, the first line reads.