What it says in the papers
Making the headlines today: Statements by two high profile road safety advocates to gardai; bomb hoax at Cork Opera House; Rehab; Cheltenham
The Irish Independent says a former chief executive of the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and AA Roadwatch director of consumer affairs Conor Faughnan gave statements to gardai last year. An investigation was launched when a claim was made by former head of the Garda Traffic Corps Eddie Rock claimed that his data protection rights had been breached.
In The Herald is the story of how the bullets used in the botched John Gilligan shooting were stolen from German police.
On the front page of the Irish Examiner is a moving photo of Conor Buckley, son of institutional abuse campaigner Christine Buckley as he is comforted at his mother’s funeral. Health Minister James Reilly looks on.
Meanwhile, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has praised the two Garda whistleblowers but he has refused to say if they want an apology.
Cork Opera House was evacuated last night after a bomb hoax. Gardai received a call at 6.13pm claiming that a bomb had been left in the concert venue. A concert by 2ManyDJs had to be cancelled.
In The Irish Times, Rehab has said it will do “everything in its power” to ensure allegations made by a developer against people involved with the charity are dealt with as quickly as possible.
It also says Eddie Haughey, Northern Ireland’s wealthiest entrepreneur and head of Norbrook Laboratories, is among four victims of a helicopter crash in eastern England last night.
The Irish Daily Mail details new HSE reports which detail how children were allowed to wander off alone or were left unattended outside, in at least three separate incidents. Less than a year after Prime Time’s crèche expose, young children are still not being properly cared for in facilities across the State.
The Irish Sun heralds the big day at Cheltenham today – with over 75,000 punters to attend the course for the Gold Cup.
The Irish Daily Star details how two men were tragically killed in a fire yesterday as they celebrated at a birthday party. Greg Lonergan – who would have been 37 today – and John Palmer (36) died in a blaze in an apartment in Cork.
The Irish Daily Mirror says former Man United star Eric Cantona (47) was arrested yesterday in connection with a street fight.