Thursday 8 December 2016

What it says in the papers

Fr Brendan Smyth abuses, sale of Rachel O'Reilly murder house and Greek debt crisis

Published 23/06/2015 | 06:49

Rachel O' Reilly' s husband Joe sits in the empty kitchen of their family home Photo: Kyran O' Brien
Rachel O' Reilly' s husband Joe sits in the empty kitchen of their family home Photo: Kyran O' Brien

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'Smyth 'abused hundreds of children'' is the fornt page headline from the Irish Independent as the true number of the late paedophile Fr Brendan Smyth may have been translated to a doctor in 1994.

The Herald run with 'Rachel murder house sold, as the house where killer Joe O'Reilly bludgeoned his wife to death in 2004 has been purchased by a mystery buyer. The secluded bungalow had been put on the market for €125,000 last March.

An unusual court case involving a sex offender covers the front page of the Irish Daily Mirror with the line 'Sex pest knicker nicker'. Padraig Hopkins followed his neighbour into her apartment and demanded that she give him her knickers - after previously stealing and wearing her underwear.

'I used to mix with royalty... now I'm signing on' reads the Irish Sun story about fallen Coronation Street star Bruce Jones. The actor is now collecting the dole after being sacked from the show amid claims that he drunkenly revealed the secret Tracey Barlow murder storyline.

The Greek debt crisis story continues to rumble on and the Irish Times lead with 'Lenders grant Greece two-day reprieve' as EU leaders are set to return to Brussels on Thursday to discuss revised proposals.

Meanwhile, the Irish Examiner reports that 'Garda blunders 'allowed murder to occur''. The paper reports that a series of errors by the gardai culminated in a man murdering his own mother when he should have been behind bars.

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