What it says in the papers
The Anglo trial begins and the country's biggest rivers threaten to overflow. Here is what it says in the papers:
‘Anglo chased investors around world in bid to do €800m deal, trial told’ reads the front page of the Irish Independent. Irish Times, Irish Examiner and Irish Daily Mail carry coverage of the same case.
Meanwhile, the Irish Independent also leads with ‘UN singles out Magdalene scandal in abuse report’. Jerome Reilly writes that the UN singled out Ireland’s Magdalene laundries scandal as part of a devastating onslaught of the Catholic Church’s handling of clerical abuse.
‘We’ll have to change the way we live due to shift in climate,’ writes Paul Melia in today’s Irish Independent as he reports on how major changes are needed in our lives if we are to cope with the worst effects of global warming.
‘Group warns all main rivers at risk of bursting’ reports the Irish Times as it writes that many people in Ireland are bracing themselves following a warning that rivers could burst. The greatest danger is from the River Shannon and other large rivers in the south and southeast.
The Irish Examiner this morning leads with ‘Vatican enabled rape and abuse, says UN - Calls for records on paedophiles and bishops who aided them to be disclosed’. A UN human rights committee has denounced the Vatican for ‘systematically’ adopting policies that allowed priests to molest tens of thousands of children over decades.
This morning’s ‘say that again?’ story features on the front of the Irish Sun, the Irish Daily Mirror and the Irish Daily Star as Liz Hurley denies alleged affair with former US President Bill Clinton when he was in office. ‘I did not have sexual relations with that president,’ reads the front of the Irish Daily Mail. The actress has also dismissed reports as ‘ridiculously silly’.
In sports news, O’Connell is fit to face the Welsh in this weekend’s Six Nations clash at the Aviva. Both the Munster rugby player and Rob Kearney look set to be passed as fit for Ireland’s second game of the championship.