What it says in the papers
Here are the front-page stories you need to know this morning
The horror in the Alps following Tuesday morning’s fatal Germanwings plane crash that killed all 150 on board continues.
The latest revelations are on the front pages of this morning’s Irish newspapers as it was revealed yesterday prosecutors believe co-pilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately crashed the plane into the side of an Alpine ridge.
1. Germanwings crash latest
‘Air safety crackdown after killer in cockpit flies 150 to their deaths’ reads the front page of the Irish Independent. The newspaper reports that a ‘major overhaul’ of flight safety is underway after it emerged the German co-pilot may have deliberately locked himself into the cockpit and steered the plane to its fatal descent.
The Irish Examiner also leads with the ongoing developments from the Airbus A320 crash and the headline ‘Our worst nightmare’ with a large photo of the co-pilot Andreas Lubitz. The Irish Times opted for the angle, ’Investigators focus on co-pilot’s motivation for crashing plane’.
The Irish Daily Mail leads with ‘Co-pilot and mass murderer’, while the Irish Sun opts for ‘Cockpit maniac’ and the sub-headline, ‘Sat calmly as captain battered on door’. The Irish Daily Mail lead with a different angle and the headline ‘Killer pilot suffered from depression’.
2. Dad-of-two shot in broad daylight
‘’Hatchet’ nephew shot dead’ reads the front page of The Herald. The newspaper focuses on yesterday’s shooting dead of the nephew of ‘slain gangster Gerard ‘Hatchet’ Kavanagh’. The shooting took place yesterday morning in broad daylight on Dublin’s northside.
The Irish Daily Star also lead with the capital’s latest gangland shooting and opted for the headline ‘Blasted to death’ and a photo of the 26-year-old dad-of-two who was shot dead after two masked gunmen rammed his car off the road at 11.30am.
3. Trump's Aer Lingus advice
‘Trump’s warning on sale of Aer Linugus’ reads the front page of the Irish Independent. US billionaire Donald Trump has strongly warned the Taoiseach against selling the State’s shareholding stake in Aer Lingus. Trump claims it would “damage the country’s tourism industry and links to foreign direct investment”.
5. €50k dream job for Clare man
‘Dramatic conclusion: UCC graduate gets €50k dream job’ reads the front of the Irish Examiner. Clare man Mark Griffin (25), an aspiring actor, is hoping the €50k Budweiser’s Dream Job competition will help him achieve his dream of working as an actor or director.