Wednesday 18 October 2017

What it says in the papers

Republic of Ireland international and LA Galaxy player Robbie Keane with Laura Crossan, aged 9, from Monaghan, during a visit to Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin
Republic of Ireland international and LA Galaxy player Robbie Keane with Laura Crossan, aged 9, from Monaghan, during a visit to Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin
Robbie Keane is pictured with nine-year-old Grace Kenneally from Galway who is in the isolation unit.
Robbie Keane with Tommy Kelly-Shaw, aged 4, from Birr, Co Offaly, during a visit to Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin
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Derek Brockwell is put into an ambulance after he was tasered by PSNI officers outside the Bridge House Bar in Bedford Street. BBC Photo
Derek Brockwell
Kathryn Thomas
Pictured on Sandymount Strand in Dublin is Kathryn Thomas launching the Jacobs Crispbreads #RealMeMoments campaign
Ingrid Hoey & Kathryn Thomas pictured at the launch of the Arnotts Spring / Summer 2015 collections
A takeover of Aer Lingus by IAG would deliver significant benefits for the airline, the carrier's chiefs have said
Mario Draghi
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Here are the seven stories you need to know about today

'25 years for Irish Water just to fix leaking pipes' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Independent'.

Paul Melia reports that it will take a quarter of a century for Irish Water to reduce leakage to "acceptable levels" and at least a decade to remove dangerous lead piping from the public mains.

The company has admitted it will have to reduce investment in the network by €300m between now and the end of next year because the money isn't available, the newspaper reports.

'On-the-run prisoner caught after he stopped for a pint' is the other headline for a story in which Paul Williams reports how escaped serial robber Derek Brockwell, who stabbed two prison officers to make his getaway, was back in custody last night after being tasered on the streets of Belfast.

The newspaper reports that police move in on the fugitive as he sat outside a city centre pub at around 7.30pm, after a nationwide alert was issued to all ports amid fears he may try to flee the jurisdiction.

Derek Brockwell is put into an ambulance after he was tasered by PSNI officers outside the Bridge House Bar in Bedford Street. BBC Photo
Derek Brockwell is put into an ambulance after he was tasered by PSNI officers outside the Bridge House Bar in Bedford Street. BBC Photo
Derek Brockwell

Today's 'Herald' also reports on Brockwell's capture. The newspaper's crime correspondent Ken Foy writes how Brockwell (53) robbed three shops in Belfast before he was spotted. PSNI officers were forced to taser the fugitive after he refused to drop a knife.

Brockwell's capture features on most front pages of the papers today.

Meanwhile, RTE star Kathryn Thomas writes for today's 'Irish Daily Star'.

'I'm "greedy" for being childless - well that's what the Pope thinks!' is the headline above her column.

Kathryn Thomas
Kathryn Thomas
Kathryn Thomas on Operation Transformation
Kathryn Thomas on Operation Transformation
Kathryn Thomas
Pictured on Sandymount Strand in Dublin is Kathryn Thomas launching the Jacobs Crispbreads #RealMeMoments campaign

Kathryn (36), who hosts 'Operation Transformation' and 'The Voice of Ireland', hits out at Pope Francis' recent comments on couples who choose to remain childless.

"The days of being told how to live our lives by the Church are over.

"Yes we can follow our faith, pray to God, try to lead a good life. But when it comes to children and family life, in my mind, that is nobody else's business but your own," she writes.

'FG support grows for sale of Aer Lingus' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Times'.

A takeover of Aer Lingus by IAG would deliver significant benefits for the airline, the carrier's chiefs have said
A takeover of Aer Lingus by IAG would deliver significant benefits for the airline, the carrier's chiefs have said

Fiach Kelly writes that a growing number of the party's TDs and ministers say the coalition government should seriously consider the selling of the State's shareholding in the airline.

The Banking Inquiry makes the front page of today's 'Irish Examiner'.

Mario Draghi
Mario Draghi

A detailed seven page letter from ECB chief Mario Draghi was read out to the inquiry yesterday.

Mr Draghi wrote that Irish depositors would have lost all their money had the Government decided to burn bondholders.

In a letter to SF MEP Matt Carthy, Mr Draghi comprehensively denied any suggestion of forcing Ireland to pay off senior bondholders in Anglo Irish Bank and the other banks that cost some €67 billion.

Robbie Keane features on the front page of today's 'Irish Sun' under the headline 'Robbie: I'm off after Euros'.

The back page reports that Keane (35) has all but admitted that he will bow out after Euro 2016.

The Ireland skipper, who holds the most caps and scored the most goals for his country, says the Euros would be a great stage to bow out on.

Republic of Ireland international and LA Galaxy player Robbie Keane with Laura Crossan, aged 9, from Monaghan, during a visit to Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin
Republic of Ireland international and LA Galaxy player Robbie Keane with Laura Crossan, aged 9, from Monaghan, during a visit to Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin
Robbie Keane is pictured with nine-year-old Grace Kenneally from Galway who is in the isolation unit.
Robbie Keane with Tommy Kelly-Shaw, aged 4, from Birr, Co Offaly, during a visit to Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin

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