Thursday 8 December 2016

What it says in the papers

Published 06/05/2015 | 06:53

Amal Clooney and George Clooney attend the
Amal Clooney and George Clooney attend the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
Gerard Davison
Police in Welsh Street, in the Markets area near Belfast city centre following the fatal shooting of Gerard "Jock" Davison, a former IRA commander
A forensic officer checks the scene for evidence
Gerard Donnelly
Ciaran Moran (29) who is on trial for the murder of homeless man Gerard Donnelly
Killer Mark Nash
Aisling Brady McCarthy at her bail hearing in Massachusetts yesterday
Paul O'Connell shares a joke with Anthony Foley

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'Sinn Fein rocked by murder of IRA chief' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Independent'.

Gerard Davison
Gerard Davison

Ian Mallon and Paul Williams write that the "brutal daylight murder of a former IRA commander may have been carried out by dissident republicans, senior sources have revealed".

The newspaper reports that the killing of Gerard 'Jock' Davison - a longtime associate of Gerry Adams - has rocked Sinn Fein in the week of the Westminster elections.

Amal Clooney and George Clooney attend the
Amal Clooney and George Clooney attend the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

The front page carries a picture of actor George Clooney with his barrister wife Amal at the Met Ball Gala in New York on Monday night. Referring to Mrs Clooney's gown, the headline is 'Lady in red is a real showstopper'.

'Homeless man set on fire had €150k' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Herald'.

Natasha Reid reports how a homeless man whose body was found burning in the Phoenix Park had a fortune of almost €150,000, a court was told.

Gardai found Gerard Donnelly's body on fire on November 23, 2013. He was later found to have had a fractured skull, brain injuries and the little toe of his left foot had been amputated.

Gerard Donnelly
Gerard Donnelly
Ciaran Moran (29) who is on trial for the murder of homeless man Gerard Donnelly

Ciaran Moran (29), with an address at Camden Hall, Camden Street, denies murdering Mr Donnelly.

The daughter of serial killer Mark Nash features on the front page of the 'Irish Daily Star'.

Ella Porter, who also featured in the newspaper yesterday, told the interview that she "grew up terrified her father would one 'arrive at our door' intent on murdering her and her mum".

She also spoke of how proud she was of her mum Lucy who travelled to Dublin to give evidence against her former partner Nash during his trial for the murder of Mary Callanan (61) and Sylvia Shiels (60) at their home in Grangegorman. Nash was subsequently found guilty and jailed for life. He is also serving a life imprisonment term for the murder of Carl and Catherine Doyle at their home in Co Roscommon in 1997.

Killer Mark Nash
Killer Mark Nash
Serial killer Mark Nash,

'Irish nanny released on bail by US judge' is one of the main headlines on the front page of today's 'Irish Times'.

The newspaper reports how Aisling Brady McCarthy has been freed on bail of $15,000, leaving a US jail for the first time in two-and-a-half years.

Ms Brady McCarthy has been ordered to wear a GPS electronic bracelet as part of her bail conditions which will monitor her whereabouts every day.

Ms Brady McCarthy (36) is accused of murdering of one-year-old Rehma Sabir who died on January 16, 2013, two days after she was found unconscious in her cot while under the care of the Irish nanny.

Aisling Brady McCarthy at her bail hearing in Massachusetts yesterday
Aisling Brady McCarthy at her bail hearing in Massachusetts yesterday

'Ireland at fore of Europe's obesity crisis' is on of the headlines on the front page of today's 'Irish Examiner'.

Europe is heading for an "unprecedented explosion in rates of obesity and excess weight", with Ireland to the fore.

In 2030, the proportion of obese and overweight men in Ireland is projected to rise to 89pc with a corresponding 85pc of women falling into this category.

Finally, in Irish Independent Sport, Ruaidhri O'Connor reports that Munster "will attempt to persuade Paul O'Connell to see out his contract until the end of next season, according to head coach Anthony Foley".

"But the former No 8 conceded that the Ireland captain's decision on whether he'll continue beyond this year's World Cup was entirely his own, again dismissing the continuing speculation linking the legendary second row with Toulon".

Paul O'Connell shares a joke with Anthony Foley
Paul O'Connell shares a joke with Anthony Foley

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