Tuesday 27 September 2016

What it says in the papers

Published 11/06/2015 | 06:56

Catherine Murphy TD
Catherine Murphy TD
Stephen Donnelly TD
Róisín Shortall TD
Alan Harris
Sr Anne reads a book on Dollymount Strand. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Ibrahim Halawa
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill speaks with assembled media during a team pitchside update

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'TDs Donnelly, Shortall, Murphy form new party' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Independent'.

Róisín Shortall TD
Róisín Shortall TD
Catherine Murphy
Stephen Donnelly TD

Niall O'Connor reports that Independent TDs Stephen Donnelly, Catherine Murphy and Roisin Shortall are joining forces to set up a new political party, understood to be a "central left alliance".

The move comes, the newspaper reports, as the Coalition parties are "squabbling" over the carve-up of the Budget spoils. Fine Gael reportedly want the scrapped telephone allowance to be restored, while Labour are plumping for the respite grant to be increased in October's budget.

'Tragedy for brothers in accident at sewer works' is the second headline on the front page. Adam Cullen reports on how a father-of-two is dead and his brother fighting for his life after they were both overcome by toxic fumes while working in a sewer in Portmarnock, North County Dublin, yesterday afternoon.

Alan Harris died on the housing estate shortly after being called out to deal with reports of a foul smell. His brother Steve was in a critical condition in Beaumont Hospital last night.

Alan Harris
Alan Harris
Steve Harris who is seriously ill after the incident
Gardai at Drumnigh Wood estate in Portmarnock.

Alan, who was aged in his 40s and the owner of company Drain Tech, died at the scene. Three firemen were also treated for gas inhalation.

The Health & Safety Authority are now investigating. The tragedy also makes the front pages of today's 'Herald', the 'Irish Daily Star', the 'Irish Daily Mirror', and the 'Irish Daily Mail'.

The good weather also makes the front page of the 'Irish Independent' today.

The front page carries a picture showing Sr Anne from the Little Sisters of the Poor in Clontarf reading a book on Dollymount Strand as the country basked in some of the highest temperatures of the year so far. 'Sun worshipper enjoys a good book' is the headline.

Sr Anne reads a book on Dollymount Strand. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Sr Anne reads a book on Dollymount Strand. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Zoe Fitzmaurice and Seamus McCarthy from Dublin having fun at Dollymount beach during the good weather. Pic:Mark Condren=

'Bring back Giles' is one of the main headlines on the front page of today's 'Irish Daily Star'.

The newspaper reports how soccer fans across the country have backed the newspaper's campaign to "reinstate Ireland legend John Giles to the RTE panel for this Saturday's crunch qualifier against Scotland".

"Supporters said it was 'disgraceful' that the 74-year-old has been dropped, "the article said.

'Irish teenager on hunger strike in Egypt' is one of the main headlines on the front page of today's 'Irish Times'.

Ibrahim Halawa
Ibrahim Halawa

Ibrahim Halawa (19), the Irish teenager who has been in an Egyptian jail for two years while awaiting trial, has gone on hunger strike.

The claim was made in a letter smuggled from the prison to his family in Ireland.

Ibrahim's family are now growing increasingly concerned for his wellbeing after his case was adjourned earlier this month for the seventh time.

'Oireachtas group rejects O'Brien's Dail privilege abuse claim against Murphy' is one of the headlines on the front page of today's 'Irish Examiner'.

The newspaper reports on how an Oireachtas committee "has rejected demands from businessman Denis O'Brien to sanction TD Catherine Murphy for making allegations about his bank deals in the Dail".

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill speaks with assembled media during a team pitchside update
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill speaks with assembled media during a team pitchside update
Martin O’Neill speaks to the media in Malahide yesterday
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill and his coaching staff were back on the training pitch on Wednesday after a motorway accident
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill during a pitchside update

The Committee on Procedures and Privileges (CPP) also rejected claims Ms Murphy "abused Dail privilege when she made the claims".

Ireland's game against Scotland is the main headline in today's 'Irish Independent Sport'.

'O'Neill: If we throw off the shackles we'll win' is the main headline. Daniel McDonnell reports that Ireland manager Martin O'Neill is "confident that his team have the quality to get the win they need against Scotland if they can cope with the pressure to deliver".

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