Friday 2 December 2016

What it says in the papers

Published 26/05/2015 | 06:56

Bill O'Herlihy
Bill O'Herlihy
Fianna Fail Senator Averil Power at Leinster House Dublin this afternoon where she announced to media that she was quitting the party effective immediately
RTE Presenters, Marty Morrissey, Miriam O'Callaghan and Michael Lyster at the first day of the Punchestown Festival. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 28/4/2015
Marty Morrissey
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One man dominates all the front pages today - and that is the late broadcasting legend Bill O'Herlihy.

RTE World Cup host Bill O'Herlihy with grandchildren Bill O'Herlihy-Ryan (4), Jack Conlon (5) and Martha O'Herlihy-Ryan (5).
RTE World Cup host Bill O'Herlihy with grandchildren Bill O'Herlihy-Ryan (4), Jack Conlon (5) and Martha O'Herlihy-Ryan (5).
A young Bill O'Herlihy
Bill O'Herlihy
Bill O'Herlihy during Italia 90
RTE undated handout photo of Bill O'Herlihy presenting 'Munich '72' in 1972
Bill O'Herlihy presenting Munich 72
Bill and Hilliary O'Herlihy at the Irish Film and Television Awards 2007, at the RDS, Dublin

'The greatest sports broadcaster ever' is the main headline on the front page of the 'Irish Independent'.

George Hook writes: "With the death yesterday of Bill O'Herlihy, I lost more than a work colleague and a friend; the man who had the single biggest effect on my career passed away aged 76.

"The greatest sports broadcaster we have ever seen did not live long to enjoy the fruits of the retirement he so richly earned.

"However, he has left behind a template for the neophytes that inhabit modern day sports radio and television.

"O'Herlihy's skill was that he constantly made every effort to make his guests look good."

The newspaper carries an eight page special on the broadcaster, who passed away suddenly following a suspected heart attack yesterday morning. He is survived by his wife Hilary O'Herlihy, daughters Sally and Jill, and four grandchildren.

'Big game salute for Bill' is the Herald's headline; 'Billo: The best of Irish' is the headline on the 'Irish Daily Star'; 'We'll leave it there so. Goodnight and God bless' is on the front page of the 'Irish Daily Mirror'; 'We'll leave it there so' is the front page of the 'Irish Sun'; 'We'll leave it there so! Farewell to a TV legend' is on the 'Irish Daily Mail'; 'We'll leave it there, so....' is the 'Irish Examiner', and 'Anchorman always on top of his game' is the headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Times'.

Read more here: Sporting world mourns presenter Bill O'Herlihy

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In other news, 'FF TDs back Martin after resignation of Power' is the other main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Independent'.

Fianna Fail Senator Averil Power at Leinster House Dublin this afternoon where she announced to media that she was quitting the party effective immediately
Fianna Fail Senator Averil Power at Leinster House Dublin this afternoon where she announced to media that she was quitting the party effective immediately
Senator Averil Power at Government Buildings yesterday
Senator Averil Power at Leinster House Dublin this afternoon. Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin and Senator Averil Power, who has quit the party

Philip Ryan reports that Fianna Fail TDs have "rallied around party leader Micheal Martin in the wake of stinging criticism from Senator Averil Power who quit the party yesterday.

"The 'bombshell' resignation by the gay rights campaigner has sparked a bitter war of words," the newspaper reports.

Senator Power's decision to quit Fianna Fail also features in all of today's newspapers, mainly on the front pages.

RTE personality Marty Morrissey features in some of the papers today following his interview published in yesterday's 'RTE Guide'.

'Marty: I'm no ladies' man' is the headline on the story in today's 'Irish Daily Star'.

RTE Presenters, Marty Morrissey, Miriam O'Callaghan and Michael Lyster at the first day of the Punchestown Festival. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 28/4/2015
RTE Presenters, Marty Morrissey, Miriam O'Callaghan and Michael Lyster at the first day of the Punchestown Festival. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 28/4/2015
RTE presenters Miriam O'Callaghan and Marty Morrissey at the day's races. Punchestown Racecourse, Punchestown, Co. Kildare. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

The TV star said he is devoted to the two women in his life - his mother and long-term partner Liz. Marty and Liz first met 20 years ago when they were working for local radio in Cork. "She is a very private person," Marty explained, describing her as his "rock" and "confidante".

'50 welfare cheats reported every day' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Daily Mail'.

Some "50 dole cheats a day have been reported to welfare authorities this year already," the newspaper reports.

The publication cites data from the first three-and-a-half months of 2015 which "show allegations about bogus claims are continuing to flood into Social Welfare office around the country by letter, email and dedicated hotline".

'Noonan 'shutting door' on firms' hope of flood cover' is one of the main headlines on the front page of today's 'Irish Examiner'.

The newspaper reports how the "government has been accused of 'shutting the door' on the chances for thousands of businesses and homes in flood-hit areas to get insurance cover even when flood prevention measures are put in place".

Michael Noonan
Michael Noonan

"Fianna Fail's Michael McGrath said Finance Minister Michael Noonan was letting insurance companies continue to decide in all cases whether or not cover would be given".

'Coalition wins key concessions over bid for Aer Lingus' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Times'.

The newspaper reports that Fine Gael and Labour believe "they have won significant concessions from IAG and a sale of the State's 25 per cent stake in Aer Lingus is looking increasingly likely".

British Airways owner IAG has offered to pay €1.36bn to buy the State’s stake in Aer Lingus
British Airways owner IAG has offered to pay €1.36bn to buy the State’s stake in Aer Lingus

Today's 'Irish Independent Sport' carries a story on how Robbie Deans has "ruled himself out of the running for the Leinster head coach position".

The former Australia coach had been the 1/9 favourite to replace the departed Matt O'Connor.

Robbie Deans had been the 1/9 favourite to replace Matt O’Connor as Leinster head coach, but said while he was flattered to be linked with the job he would honour his contract with Japanese club Panasonic Wild Knights
Robbie Deans had been the 1/9 favourite to replace Matt O’Connor as Leinster head coach, but said while he was flattered to be linked with the job he would honour his contract with Japanese club Panasonic Wild Knights

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