DUBLIN, August 5 (Reuters) - These are some of the leading stories in Ireland's newspapers on Wednesday. Reuters has not verified these stories and cannot vouch for their accuracy:
THE IRISH TIMES
- The last two men serving prison sentences for the killing of Det Garda Jerry McCabe were due to be released from prison this morning in a move that the dead man's family has said will bring them closure after 13 years.
- The cost of commonly used services is on average 30 percent higher in Dublin than in Belfast, even though VAT rates in the Republic are often lower, according to a new survey.
- Former Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Bertie Ahern is to become a sports columnist with the Irish edition of the British tabloid News of the World from next Sunday.
- Homeowners and small businesses are to benefit from a significant cut in their gas bills amid fresh indications that electricity prices will also fall over the next few months.
- Pharmacies expect to turn away hundreds of patients in need of medication over the coming days, as the drugs row with the Health Service Executive intensifies. - A charity is rolling out a nationwide alternative to moneylenders to help people with bad credit histories secure small loans.
- The banks are prepared to give property developer Liam Carroll more money, even though his companies have debts of 2.3 billion euros.
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