What it says in the papers
The Aer Lingus bid, Dublin murder investigation and the story of how two young Irish men bluffed their way into $50,000 Super Bowl seats lead this morning's front pages.
1. Aer Lingus bid
'Aer Lingus bid grounded as IAG tries to allay fears' reads the front page of the Irish Independent. The newspaper reports that the Aer Lingus deal remains in serious doubt, despite a range of guarantees offered to the Government by airline group IAG.
The Irish Times also leads with developments in the possible sale of Aer Lingus - noting a guarantee in the deal with the headline 'Veto on sale of Heathrow slots now part of Aer Lingus offer'.
The Irish Examiner lead with the same, reading; 'Shannon and Cork to get say on slots at Heathrow'. The newspaper continues 'IAG plan would give local groups role in future of Aer Lingus flights'.
2. Cabra murder investigation
The Herald leads with developments in the story of the death of a 42-year-old man at a house in Dublin, reading; 'Murdered in 'frenzied attack''. Gardai have now launched a murder investigation after the body of Mr Kevin Molloy was found in a pool of blood at a house in Cabra, Dublin.
3. 'Fat Freddie' jailed
The Irish Daily Star lead with the jailing of 'Fat Freddie' Thompson after a fight at a funeral. 'CCTV that nailed Fat Freddie' the front page reads. It continues: 'No witnesses and no complaint from victim'.
4. DSK sex trial
Meanwhile, the Irish Daily Mirror leads with the trial of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn. 'IMF chief 'had orgy with 8 hookers'' reads the front page with a photo of Mr Dominique Strauss-Kahn entering court yesterday. The former IMF chief, who is accused of 'aggravated pimping', is not due to give evidence until February 10.
5. House prices rise
'House prices drop as 20pc rule kicks in' reads the front page of the Irish Daily Mail. The newspaper reports how house prices are coming down because of the pressure of the new Central Bank mortgage controls.
6. Super Bowl bluff
The front page of the Irish Sun simply reads 'Super Heroes'. The page features two young Irish men who flew to Arizona without tickets for the SuperBowl and proceeded to bluff their way into the stadium to seats worth a whopping $50,000.