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Wednesday 1 October 2014

What it says in the papers

Published 10/03/2014 | 06:35

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The front page of today's Irish Independent, Monday February 10.
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The Irish Independent leads with the story that a Fine Gael advisor is to quit Rehab board. Embattled Rehab director Frank Flannery is poised to quit the board of the charity in an effort to reduce pressure on the organisation. Mr Flannery's dual role on the board and as a Fine Gael strategist is putting huge pressure on both the charity and the party, the paper says.

The paper also reports a "soaring demand" for business, engineering and computing degrees. College applicants are heeding advice on future job prospects as the economy recovers.

And the Irish Independent also leads with a warning from UCD Professor Morgan Kelly that the country faces an "existential threat" from the cost of helping the banks deal with bad loans to small businesses and mortgages.

The Herald reports one family's heartbreak as three little brothers are diagnosed with the same terminal illness on the same day. Archie (8) and twins George and Isaac (3) Naughton were told they had Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).

The Irish Examiner says ministers have been accused of ignoring Professor Kelly's warning of a new economic crisis triggered by a wave of businesses forced to go bust.

Social Protection Minister Joan Burton has accused the academic of taking a pessimistic view.

The Irish Times says Rehab director Frank Flannery faces demands across the political spectrum to appear before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to answer questions about his pension and lobbying of the Coalition for Rehab.

It also reports that the highly competitive medical school entrance examination, the HPat, is being investigated amid claims that students of a popular preparation course had seen and been coached in how to answer some of the questions.

And the search for the Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 continues. The flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing had 239 passengers on board.

The Irish Daily Mail runs with the story that an official invesigation has detailed 21 art treasures which are missing from Leinster House. Among the artworks is a Robert Ballagh print entitled King's Inns Interior.

The Irish Sun reports that a fan obsessed with former Westlife singer Kian Egan has moved to his hometown of Sligo. The woman reportedly turned up at the star's house one night claiming they "needed to talk".

The Irish Daily Mirror says an Irish teenager was blasted yesterday on Facebook when he filmed himself having sex with a girl in an alley and posting it to the social networking site. The video was also posted to the Facebook page of 98FM presenters Adrian Kennedy and Jeremy Dixon.

The Irish Daily Star reports that U2's future appears to be in crisis after they 'postponed' their long-awaited new album and tour until 2015. Many fans have been urging them to "go out with dignity".

 

 

 

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