Saturday 1 October 2016

What it says in the papers

Published 03/06/2015 | 07:04

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) speaks to FIFA President Sepp Blatter
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) speaks to FIFA President Sepp Blatter
Catherine Murphy
Liam Flynn
Niall Horan spotted holding hands with model Melissa Anne Whitelaw. Picture: Splash
Aiden McGeady believes the Republic of Ireland squad have been unable to replicate their training ground form against European opponents

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'FBI targets Blatter as shock resignation puts World Cups in doubt' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Independent'.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter leaves the podium
FIFA President Sepp Blatter leaves the podium
UEFA President Michel Platini (R) congratulates FIFA President Sepp Blatter after he was re-elected at the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland
Sepp Blatter leaves the stage after holding a press conference to announce his resignation at Fifa headquarters in Zurich
Sepp Blatter leaves the FIFA headquarters in Zurich yesterday after his statement announcing that he would be stepping down as FIFA president
Fifa president Sepp Blatter reads a statement during a news conference at the Fifa headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, yesterday. Photo: Reuters

Russia and Qatar's hosting rights for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments were thrown into doubt last night after head of FIFA Sepp Blatter stepped down.

He made the unexpected announcement he would resign just four days after he was re-elected, the paper reports.

'Murphy stands by sources as O'Brien lodges Dail complaint' is the second headline on the front page.

Philip Ryan writes that Independent TD Catherine Murphy is "facing an Oireachtas investigation over accusations she abused Dail privilege by making claims about businessman Denis O'Brien's personal banking affairs".

Catherine Murphy
Catherine Murphy
Businessman Denis O'Brien

Ms Murphy is standing by her claims and will insist she was acting in the public interest.

Sepp Blatter also makes the front page of today's 'Herald' - as does Today FM star Mairead Farrell who is due to marry fiance Louis Ronan this week.

The mum-of-one said she intends to take her husband's surname after she weds this Friday.

Both Sepp Blatter and Catherine Murphy feature on the front page of today's 'Irish Times'.

Liam Flynn
Liam Flynn

The newspaper also carries a report from the US on how a pilot error is being blamed for a crash that killed an Irish members of the US Marines.

Sgt Liam Flynn (33), originally from Clane in Co Kildare, was among 11 US Marines who were killed on March 10th last when the military helicopter they were travelling in crashed into a coastal areas near Penascola off Florida's panhandle.

An investigation into the tragedy has found the flight crew disobeyed a direct order by flying in thick fog and poor visibility in a high-risk training exercise.

'Fears over "trafficking" of children in the US makes the front page of today's 'Irish Examiner' newspaper.

The newspaper reports "concerns how up to 1,000 children may have been 'trafficked' to the US from the Tuam Mother and Baby home in a 'scandal that dwarfs other, more recent issues with the Church and State' were raised by the HSE in 2012.

Niall Horan's love life makes the front page of today's 'Irish Sun'.

Niall Horan spotted holding hands with model Melissa Anne Whitelaw. Picture: Splash
Niall Horan spotted holding hands with model Melissa Anne Whitelaw. Picture: Splash
Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson of One Direction
Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy (R) and One Direction singer Niall Horan (L) react as they wait on the 11th tee during the pro-am competition at Wentworth Golf Club in Surrey, England, on May 20, 2015, ahead of the May 21 PGA Championship. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
Niall Horan
One Direction's Niall Horan, pictured, will play alongside Rory McIlroy

The newspaper reports the One Direction star has split from his Australian girlfriend Melissa Whitelaw.

The Mullingar man (21) has reportedly ended the budding relationship after deciding a long-distance relationship wouldn't work and the pair were better at remaining friends.

'McGeady's Scottish Mystery' is the main headline on 'Irish Independent Sport' - Sepp Blatter aside.

Daniel McDonnell writes that Aiden McGeady says Ireland have better players than their Euro 2016 rivals Scotland, but sit behind them in the Group D table because of an inability to bring training ground form to the pitch.

Aiden McGeady believes the Republic of Ireland squad have been unable to replicate their training ground form against European opponents
Aiden McGeady believes the Republic of Ireland squad have been unable to replicate their training ground form against European opponents

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