Here are the seven front page stories you need to know this morning
1. No privilege for 'old boy network' in schools
The Irish Independent lead their front page this morning with Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan’s latest move. The Education Minister plans to restrict guaranteed places for children of past pupils in schools to just 10pc. The headline reads ‘School ‘old boy network’ privilege to be wiped out.
2. Priests come out against confidentiality agreements
The Irish Examiner leads with ‘Secret deals on priests’ children ‘unjust’’. The newspaper reports that Irish Catholic bishops have come out against confidentiality agreements in cases where a priest has fathered a child.
3. HSE didn't check Portlaoise safety risks
The Irish Times leads with the latest revelations on the country’s healthcare system. ‘HSE failed to act on Portlaoise safety risks’ reads the front page. The newspaper reports on a Hiqa draft report which says the Government did not ensure the hospital was safely resourced.
4. Ladies' Day for Katie Walsh
A smiling Katie Walsh also features on some of the front pages this morning. Katie, who is sister of the legendary jockey Ruby, celebrated after she rode Thunder and Roses home to win the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse yesterday. ‘Ladies’ Day win for Katie’ reads the front of the Irish Independent, while the Irish Sun goes for ‘Ladies Day’.
5. Two-year-old 'critical' after hit-and-run
‘Hit-and-run girl critical’ reads the front of The Herald. A toddler was left fighting for her life last night and a man has been arrested following a hit-and-run incident in Phoenix Park yesterday evening. The 23-month-old girl was described as being in a ‘serious’ condition in hospital after she was struck yesterday evening at approximately 6.25pm. The Irish Daily Mirror leads with the same story and reads: ‘Hit-and-run tot fighting for life’.
6. Man to be executed in China over Dublin murder
The Irish Daily Mail leads their front page with ‘Death penalty in China over Dublin murder’. The newspaper reports that a man is due to be executed in China as a result of an unsolved murder committed in Ireland. China had previously sought Garda help in bringing justice to a group of Chinese men responsible for the death of Chen Li Ming (22) in Dublin 13 years ago. However, it is now said to be a shock and could cause strain in Ireland-China relations now that the man has been sentenced to death.
7. Paul Galvin signs dotted line for Dunnes designs
‘Galvin Klein’ reads the front of the Irish Daily Star as Kerry star Paul Galvin signs the dotted line to design a clothes range for Dunnes Stores.