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Thursday 21 August 2014

What it says in the papers

Published 24/06/2014 | 07:25

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In the headlines: Fianna Fail's only MEP Brian Crowley; Businessman Anthony O'Reilly; singer Damien Dempsey

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The Irish Independent leads on the story that Fianna Fail's only MEP Brian Crowley is set to be expelled from the parliamentary party after defying leader Micheal Martin. The Ireland South MEP, who polled a record 183,000 first preferences in last month's European Parliament elections, enraged the FF leader by joining a largely right-wing group which includes the British Conservatives and several other parties with strong anti-EU policies.

Meanwhile, AIB has claimed that businessman Anthony O'Reilly, Ireland's former richest man, is broke. Yesterday, AIB secured a judgment for €22m against Mr O'Reilly, who admits he owes almost €200m to his creditors.

The Herald runs a photo of Dublin singer Damien Dempsey on its front page. The singer has been hailed a hero after coming to the rescue of two men in difficulty in a river just hours before he was due to go on stage.

Brave four-year-old Superman-fan Gavin Glynn from Greystones, Co Wicklow has flown out to America for medical treatment that is hoped will save his life. The young boy was first diagnosed with a rare form of cancer when he was just 17 months old.

The Irish Examiner says problems with signage along the 2,500km Wild Atlantic Way are expected to be resolved in the coming weeks. Visitors had made complaints that they were being directed off the beaten track in certain scenic areas. Fáilte Ireland is spending €3m on 3,850 road signs from the Inishowen Penninsula, Co Donegal, to Kinsale, Co Cork. All are due to be erected by the end of the month.

The Irish Daily Mail the son of a wealthy Irish businessman has died after a tragic accident in Italy. Charlie Henry, whose father Richard set up the Dublin-based Affinity Insurance company, fell 90ft from the balcony of his apartment in Naples.

The Irish Sun shows the Queen and Martin McGuinness holding their first one-to-one meeting last night after she flew in to Northern Ireland for a three-day visit. The pair shook hands for the third time at Hillsborough Castle, Co Down.

The Irish Daily Mirror says Rosanna Davison-Quirke had a karaoke party for her final wedding. Rising star Hozier, rocker Bressie and former boyband member Brian Ormond all lent their talents to the singalong for the former Miss World’s nuptials.

The Irish Daily Star says Mrs Brown’s Boys’ creator Brendan O’Carroll revealed that he didn’t fall in love with second wife Jenny Gibney at first sight – it was a “slow burner”. The pair met in 1995. Brendan fell in love with her when he spotted her doing the Crosaire, just like his mother used to.

The Irish Times says hundreds of vulnerable psychiatric patients who were moved out of mental hospitals over recent decades are living in “mini-institutions” in the community with limited access to health and care professionals. There are at least 115 unsupervised hostels run by the HSE which accommodate about 1,500 patients, a report by the Inspectorate of the Mental Health Services states.

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