What it says in the papers
Dominating the headlines today: Anglo's Sean Fitzpatrick, Peaches Geldof
The Irish Independent leads with the story that former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Sean Fitzpatrick has been cleared of illegally lending Sean Quinn’s family €169m. The ex-banker was found not guilty of six charges relating to a loan for shares deal that involved the former billionaire's wife and five children after the prosecution admitted there was no evidence against him.
And Davy Stockbrokers - the country’s biggest stockbroker – has been criticised by a judge for “deliberate neglect” after it encouraged an orphan with learning difficulties to pour millions of euro into highly risky investments that then went bad.
And President Michael D Higgins addressed 700 guests at London’s Guildhall last night at a banquet hosted by Lord Mayor of the City of London Fiona Wolf. On the second dya of the President’s visit to Britain, it emerged the Government is to formally invite the British royals to take part in the 1916 centenary commemorations.
The Herald says a close pal of a man almost murdered in a reckless gun attack fears he’s next on the hitlist. James McDonough has been warned by gardai that there is an active threat against his life.
The paper also says tests to establish how Peaches Geldof died may now take weeks to complete.
The Irish Examiner says thousands of homes face being repossessed as banks step up efforts to pursue mortgage holders in default.
Former Rehab chairman Frank Flannery has been told the reasons he has given for not appearing before today’s meeting of the Dail’s PAC are “nothing short of contemptible”.
And it has also emerged that at least 18 navy personnel and civilian workers employed by the Department of Defence may have been exposed to potentially dangerous levels of asbestos. The alarm was raised by workers who spotted asbestos when they were carrying out maintenance on its sister ship, LE Orla, at Verolme dockyard two weeks ago.
The Irish Times leads with a photo of President Michael D Higgins inspecting a guard of honour as he arrived to attend the banquet at The Guildhall in London yesterday.
And the Dail Public Accounts Committee last night dismissed a challenge to its right to examine the pay and pensions of former Rehab directors Angela Kerins and Frank Flannery. Each told the committee yesterday that they will not go to its hearing today on Rehab’s affairs.
The HSE has rejected “a considerable number” of the 200 business cases made by voluntary hospitals and health agencies to keep paying top-up of additions payments to senior personnel, the Irish Times also says.
The Daily Mail says Marty Whelan will no longer be the voice of Tesco’s advertising campaigns. The broadcaster’s distinctive tones had provided voiceovers for the company’s television and radio campaigns for several years.
The Irish Sun says Peaches Geldof revealed that doctors warned about her junk food diet – adding “I had the heart of a 90-year-old gangster”. A post mortem yesterday failed to pinpoint what killed Peaches (25).
The Irish daily Star says the hotel in which Michaela McAreavey was killed has pulled out of talks to settle a €1.6m wrongful death civil case. The Star says talks ended “abruptly” in recent weeks.