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Thursday 31 July 2014

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Published 25/06/2014|07:38

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In the headlines today: Soccer player Luis Suarez; infants who died at mother-and-baby homes; Irishman on stabbing spree

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The front page of the Irish Independent features dramatic photographs of Uruguay striker Luis Suarez, who is almost certain to be banned from the World Cup for the second successive tournament. He bit Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder during his team’s 1-0 win yesterday.

Health Correspondent Eilish O’Regan says the remains of 474 infants – who died in mother-and-baby homes and hospitals – were used for research and doctors’ training in Irish universities for a quarter of a century. “Unclaimed bodies” were used for anatomical study up until the mid-1960s. There was no evidence of consent being obtained.

The Herald says an Irishman has died after he went on a stabbing spree which left three people in serious condition in hospital. Enda McLaughlin (27) from Cardonagh, Co Donegal died on a motorway when he was reportedly struck by a car driven by British tourists. He had hailed a taxi from Holland to Germany, but instead of paying his fare he stabbed the driver and fled the scene. He tried to hail another taxi before he went on to attack two other men.

The Irish Examiner runs the story that the long-serving Ireland South MEP Brian Crowley, is no longer a member of the Fianna Fail parliamentary party after the leadership said he “removed himself” by joining a group with far-right and eurosceptic views.

George Clooney is reportedly charming his future mother-in-law by welcoming her to his luxury Italian villa, the Irish Daily Mirror says. The film star, 53, is due to marry British barrister Amal Alamuddin in September and flew her mother Baria over to Lake Como at the weekend.

The Irish Sun says Dart chiefs have launched a new service on the capital’s commuter rail line – just for tourists. The Dublin Bay Hopper will run from Connolly Station every two hours and call at selected stops along the coast as far as Bray, Co Wicklow.

The Irish Daily Star says hundreds of Irish Garth Brooks fans were duped into thinking that the country music superstar had cancelled his Croke Park dates courtesy of a fake news report online. Close to 1,000 fans clicked on a prankster’s news report which claimed that the 52-year-old singer had been struck down with a viral throat infection.

The Irish Times says the head of the Department of Health has withdrawn a letter he sent to the head of the HSE following a row over pay for entry-grade consultants. Department secretary general Ambrose McLoughlin had sent the letter to HSE director general Tony O’Brien and appeared to upbraid him over pay policy.

The Irish Daily Mail leads with a story that radical plans to station gardai in post offices have been shelved. Gardai had been in talks with An Post to hold clinics at post offices in vulnerable areas where stations had closed. But the paper understands that these plans were shelved due to ‘insurance issues’.

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