Many of the tabloids lead with reports on the horrific crash which killed three men in Dungarvan yesterday morning, and left the 6 people who were travelling in the other car, in hospital.  

The Irish Mirror reports locals saying, in the aftermath, that they have been appealing for the speed limit on the stretch of road on which the accident happened, to be reduced.

All the other papers report on the crash too - the front page piece in The Independent makes the heart rending point that the occupants of the people carrier were on a trip to a Christmas Festival when the accident happened -  but for lead stories, those others go elsewhere.


Italian PM

The Irish Times highlights what has happened in Italy.  'Renzi resigns as Italian PM after resounding referendum defeat' is the headline there - in the story, writers Paddy Agnew and Cliff Taylor tell us that:  'It would appear that, for the third time in 2016, following Brexit and the triumph of Donald Trump, a national electorate has opted to register an emphatic protest vote'.

And in the wake of it, they say:  'An early general election, now seems almost certain'.

House building

Far from certain meanwhile though, at least according to the Irish Independent this morning, the level of house building which is going to be undertaken here.  

'Banks don't have cash to fund homes' is the headline.  In the story underneath, we're told that the ESRI says Irish banks won't be able to lend enough money to solve the housing crisis, and that a funding gap will need to be filled, by alternative sources of finance.

The Irish Examiner puts this story on its front page too - under the headline:  'Supply of new houses to fall short amid surge of demand'  but for its lead story, the paper goes with the situation within our hospitals.  '600 staff attacked per year in HSE hospitals' says the headline.  In the story, Jessica Casey says 3,462 incidents of physical assault were recorded between January 2011, and July 2016, that the overall figure is much higher once voluntary hospitals are taken into account and that nurses bear the brunt of workplace violence.

'The Parent and Student Charter'

Parents bear the brunt of the cost of raising children of course, but the Irish Daily Mail leads with news of legislation which could help in some ways. Naomi McElroy says new legislation being unveiled today will force schools to tell families exactly where their voluntary contributions are being spent.

She reports that 'The Parent and Student Charter' will also give hard-pressed parents the right to demand generic uniforms and say no to costly crest designs'.

Medical first

Otherwise this morning, there is news of a medical first on the front of the Examiner.  Catherine Shanahan reports on the introduction of a new electronic health record system for babies at Cork University Maternity Hospital. It was launched in Cork at the weekend, it's due for nationwide roll-out we're told and it will make Ireland the first country in the world to have a single national EHR for maternity hospitals.

The new children's hospital meanwhile is still getting attention. The Examiner has a big piece by retired paediatrician Fin Breathnach, pleading for a change of plan.  'Location of children's hospital is not child's play' is the headline over a piece in which he says building in Dublin's inner city is nonsensical.   Connolly is a much better fit, he believes and he says 'the government must admit it was wrong.'