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Saturday 20 September 2014

What it says in the papers

Published 05/09/2014 | 07:08

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Horror as twin boys (9) are murdered at home

Not surprisingly, every Irish publication this morning is running the tragic tale that hit the family in Charleville, Co Cork.

Nine year old boys Patrick and Thomas O’Driscoll were found dead in their home by their younger brothers while the body of their older brother (21) was found 15km away.

Property tax reduction

Six out of every 10 homeowners are in line for a 15pc cut in their property tax bills from next year.

More than one million households can expect an average reduction of €40 after the Government identified 12 councils that could reduce their bills.

Joan Rivers dies aged 81

Joan Rivers, the acid- tongued American comedienne who was the first woman to break into the male-dominated world of late-night comedy, died last night after a week in a coma.

Celebrities on both sides of the Atlantic took to Twitter to pay tribute to her.

Woman (82) beheaded at her London home

Palmira Silva, a widow and grandmother, was decapitated outside her house in an apparent frenzied assault by a 25-year-old man who randomly targeted victims.

The man was arrested after armed police, who had distracted him to avoid other attacks, cornered him in a house and brought him down with a Taser stun gun.

Ireland tops list of jihadi fighters in foreign wars

New research carried out in 25 countries that have given official estimates of how many have travelled to fight in the war zones puts the number of Irish based foreign fighters at 25 to 30 out of a Muslim community here of 43,000.

All-Ireland hurler’s dad crushed by tractor

The latest Co Clare farming tragedy resulted in the death of 57-year-old Gerry O’Connell at his home at Ballylea.

One of his five children, Gearoid, is a member of the Clare U-21 hurling side that is set to play in the All-Ireland final next week.

NATO orders Putin to pull troops out of Ukraine

The international dispute rages on as NATO has now demanded that Moscow withdraw its troops from Ukraine.

Meanwhile, President Obama and his Westren allies have held a summit intended to strengthen defences against Russia.

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