What it says in the papers
The front page stories from this morning's newspapers
1. Childcare tax breaks for working parents
‘Childcare tax breaks on way for working parents’ reads the front page of today’s Irish Independent. The newspaper reports that ‘crippling creche cost’ are to be made affordable for working parents.
2. Stephanie makes an impression
Stephanie Roche channels her global star look on the front page of the Irish Independent. The FIFA Goal of the Year nominee came second in the competition. 'Stephanie steps out with the stars' the photo caption reads.
‘Roche’s rocket fails to strike it lucky’ reads the front of the Irish Examiner, while the Irish Daily Mail goes for ‘Stephanie won... the admiring glances of Ronaldo and Messi’. The Irish Times captions their snap, ‘Making an impression – Second place for Roche at Fifa awards’.
3. 'I'm going to chop you up' - rapist
‘I’m going to chop you up’ reads the front page of The Herald. ‘EVIL: Rapist who threatened woman jailed for eight years’, the story reads as Robert Melia (48) pleaded guilty to charges of false imprisonment, assault causing harm and making threats to kill.
The Irish Sun also leads with the convicted rapist’s threat, simply leading with; ‘Rapist: I’ll chop you up’, while the Irish Daily Star leads with the word; ‘Monster’.
4. Ireland 'too rural' for ambulance response times to be met
‘Response times for ambulances cannot be met – HSE report’ reads the front of the Irish Times. The newspaper reveals how a confidential survey reports that Ireland is ‘too rural’ for response time targets to be met.
5. Gardai 'on top' of radicalised Irish
‘Terror laws to counter jihadist threat’ reads the front page of the Irish Examiner. The newspaper reports Gardai to be ‘on top’ of radicalised Irish despite extremist’s claim.
6. Terror attack on Pentagon
The Irish Daily Mail leads with ‘Terror hack on the Pentagon’ and reports on how supporters of the Islamic State took over the official Twitter and YouTube feeds of US Central Command, revealing families’ addresses and warning ‘American soldiers’ to ‘watch their back’.
7. Former Coronation Street actor kicked off reality show for racial slur
The Irish Daily Mail leads with how a former Coronation Street actor Ken Morley has been kicked out of the Celebrity Big Brother house over a racial slur. The 71-year-old described former panto co-star Frank Bruno’s music as ‘negro rhythms’.