What it says in the papers
Here are the front page stories you need to know this morning
1. Mum-of-three beaten in row over cash
The discovery of the body of missing mum-of-three Anne Shortall leads the majority of the national front pages this morning. It is reported the 47-year-old woman was beaten with a hammer before her body was found in an outbuilding in Co Wicklow yesterday. It is believed she was beaten after a row after cash. Anne Shortall was first reported missing five days ago.
‘Anne found murdered in shed after cash row’ reads the front of the Irish Independent.‘Beaten to death with a hammer’ reads the front page of The Herald. ‘Murdered Anne’s body dumped in shed’ reads the front page of the Irish Daily Star, while the Irish Daily Mirror goes for ‘Mum battered to death and dumped in shed’. The Irish Daily Mail reports that Anne was killed by a married man with whom she was having an affair. ‘Dead woman ‘was having an affair with her killer’’ reads the headline.
2. Irish Water non-payers to be pursued through courts
The Irish Examiner’s headline this morning reads: ‘Cabinet to agree laws for water bill debt’. The news that people who refuse to pay face legal action and direct deductions comes as Irish Water begin sending out the first of the bills to homes across the country. The newspaper reports that households who refuse to pay the bills will be pursued through the courts and have the debt moved directly from their payslips.
3. HSE officials did not visit Portlaoise hospital after investigation
The Irish Times continues their coverage today of a draft Hiqa report which has given an insight into the lack of safety measures implemented at the Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise. ‘HSE chiefs did not visit hospital despite RTE revelations’ the front page today reads. The report, seen by the newspaper, shows Hiqa’s concern that officials did not assess safety measures at the hospital following a ‘Prime Time’ report on the deaths of five healthy newborn babies at the hospital.
4. Dwyer's brothers wrote murder novel
‘Dwyer’s brothers write fantasy kill book’ reads the front page of the Irish Sun. The newspaper reports that the brothers of convicted killer Graham Dwyer wrote a book about a woman being accused of murder. James and Brendan Dwyer released ‘Cult Fiction’ independent.ie after it was turned down by a number of publishers.