Friday 2 December 2016

What it says in the papers

Published 27/05/2015 | 06:48

Justin McAleese, Campaigner
Justin McAleese, Campaigner
Aer Lingus Aircraft At Dublin Airport
Fianna Fail leader, Micheal Martin with Newly elected Fianna Fail TD for Carlow Kilkenny, Deputy Bobby Aylward (wearing purple tie) pictured arriving at Leinster House this afternoon with members of the Fianna Fail Party. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers

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'Labour capitulates to FG on Aer Lingus sale' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Independent'.

Aer Lingus Aircraft At Dublin Airport
Aer Lingus Aircraft At Dublin Airport
Transport Minister Paschal Donohue

Philip Ryan and John Mulligan report that the Labour party "has capitulated to Fine Gael demands and accepted an improved offer for the State's share in Aer Lingus from airline giant IAG".

The article states that Labour have agreed to sign off on a deal which will see IAG pledge to create hundreds of jobs. The Government will also hold a veto over the sale of the crucial Heathrow Airport slots.

'McAleese's son attacks FF over marriage campaign' is the second headline on the front page. Niall O'Connor and Philip Ryan report that the son of former President Mary McAleese has "strongly criticised Fianna Fail's contribution to the marriage equality referendum campaign".

Yes campaigner and party activist Justin McAleese took to his Facebook account to criticise the "scant reference to the referendum in Micheal Martin's Ard Fheis speech".

Justin McAleese. Photo: David Conachy
Justin McAleese. Photo: David Conachy
Mary McAleese and her husband Martin McAleese, with their children (left to right) Justin, Sarah and Emma.
Senator Averil Power

"A total of 28 words out of a 3,093 speech were devoted to the referendum. That's 0.009pc and consistent with the effort put in by the party's TDs during the campaign," he wrote.

He also claimed that Senator Averil Power, who quit the party on Monday, had been "treated abysmally" by the party.

Fianna Fail leader, Micheal Martin with Newly elected Fianna Fail TD for Carlow Kilkenny, Deputy Bobby Aylward (wearing purple tie) pictured arriving at Leinster House this afternoon with members of the Fianna Fail Party. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Fianna Fail leader, Micheal Martin with Newly elected Fianna Fail TD for Carlow Kilkenny, Deputy Bobby Aylward (wearing purple tie) pictured arriving at Leinster House this afternoon with members of the Fianna Fail Party. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

The front page carries a picture of newly elected FF Carlow Kilkenny TD Bobby Aylward with his party colleagues outside Leinster House yesterday. 'Male Order' is the headline.

Aer Lingus also features on the front page on today's 'Herald'. Actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers also features on the front page under the headline: 'Meyers "sorry for blip"' is the headline. The newspaper reports that the Cork native and star of long-running series 'The Tudors' has apologised to his "friends and colleagues" after pictures of him looking dishevelled while drinking vodka on the street surfaced last week.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Jonathan Rhys Myers and Mara Lane.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Henry VIII and Natalie Dormer as Anne Boleyn - Photo: Jonathan Hession/Showtime

He has insisted the relapse is just a "blip" in his recovery as he continues to battle the alcohol issues he has faced for the last decade.

'RTE star's sister gun terror' is one of the headlines on the front page of today's 'Irish Daily Star'.

RTE's Eileen Whelan at the 2014 Punchestown racing festival Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
RTE's Eileen Whelan at the 2014 Punchestown racing festival Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

The newspaper reports how Betty Kenny, sister of RTE newscaster Eileen Whelan, foiled an armed gang that raided her own home.

'Government to examine ban on smacking after ruling' is one of the headlines to feature on the front page of today's 'Irish Times'.

The newspaper reports how the government is set to review laws which permit the slapping of children.

The move comes following a ruling by the Council of Europe that a lack of a clear ban is a violation of children's rights.

'FAI plans €10m soccer centre of excellence' features on the front page of today's 'Irish Examiner'.

It's reported the FAI is planning to build a centre on the outskirts of Cork which will complement its national training centre in Abbotstown in Dubiln.

It's understood plans for the proposed centre have been drafted for a 30.4 acre site at Brooklodge in Glanmire.

John Delaney, Chief Executive of the FAI
John Delaney, Chief Executive of the FAI

'Limerick looking to cash in' is the headline which features in today's 'Irish Independent Sport'.

Donnchadh Boyle reports that Limerick "are set to become the latest county to look to sell the naming rights of their county ground".

"Treaty county officials are ready to listen to offers to sponsor the Gaelic Grounds in the city, and it is believed the deal could generate in excess of €140,000 per annum for the county's coffers.

While Limerick look to set to sell the naming rights to the Gaelic Grounds, GAA director general Paraic Duffy has insisted that any move to sell naming rights to Croke Park was unlikely in the forseeable future
While Limerick look to set to sell the naming rights to the Gaelic Grounds, GAA director general Paraic Duffy has insisted that any move to sell naming rights to Croke Park was unlikely in the forseeable future

"It's understood they are keen to hold on to the Gaelic Grounds title as part of any deal."

The Limerick stadium is the third largest GAA ground in the country after Croke Park and Semple Stadium and has a capacity of almost 50,000.

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