Friday 19 December 2014

What it says in the papers

Published 21/07/2014 | 07:31

Today's front page of the Irish Independent

Victorious golfer Rory McIlroy; Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald; and Gaza dominate the headlines today

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has demanded urgent and fundamental change in the “structure and culture” of the gardai as she delivered a scathing criticism of the force, the Irish Independent says.

And newly crowned Open champion Rory McIlroy kisses the Claret Jug on the front page photo of the paper. The 25-year-old has won his first Open, after a 19-month-period of trials and torment.

The Herald’s front page story this morning is that a tourist who jumped into the Liffey to help save a man’s life had his wallet and phone stolen while he was in the water. Joe Sheehan (20) had just arrived in Dublin when he saw a man get into trouble in the river.

The Irish Independent says private debt collectors are to be employed on an “ongoing basis” to chase up unpaid Dail bar tabs running into tens of thousands of euro. The news comes as a small number of TDs and Senators have been consistently breaching the limits.

The Irish Daily Star says the devastated family of Irish plane crash victim Edel Mahady face a wait that may span a few weeks to find out if they can get her body back for burial. The situation is “all very uncertain at the moment”, Palmerstown parish priest Fr Tony Reilly told the paper.

The Irish Daily Mail says Irish anti-smoking campaigners have welcomed a US jury’s decision to order tobacco firm RJ Reynolds to pay $23.6bn to the wife of a smoker who died from lung cancer. Professor Luke Clancy, of Dublin’s Tobacco Free Research Institute welcomed the jury’s ruling.

The Irish Daily Mirror leads with the story that Dublin’s gaelic football team are at the centre of another shocking biting scandal yesterday as the team was accused of foul play. The Leinster Final is the third time it has been alleged one of Jim Gavin’s men has sank their teeth into an opponent.

The Irish Times says the conflict in Gaza escalated dramatically yesterday when 62 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed after Israeli tanks and troops entered a crowded residential area in Gaza city. Shifa hospital, Gaza’s biggest, said it was overwhelmed by the injured on what was the deadliest day of the conflicts so far.

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