Friday 18 August 2017

What it says in the papers

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Pensioners waiting outside a closed National Bank branch and hoping to get their pensions argue with a bank employee in Iraklio on the island of Crete
Pensioners waiting outside a closed National Bank branch and hoping to get their pensions argue with a bank employee in Iraklio on the island of Crete
Councillor Jonathan Dowdall
Christy Keane
Hozier and Taylor Swift
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Independent.ie Newsdesk

'Shelves empty as Greeks panic-buy supplies' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Independent'.

Thomas Molloy and Caroline Crawford report that "Greeks have begun emptying supermarket shelves and petrol stations after the government's decision to close banks ahead of a bailout referendum next Sunday".

An elderly woman is overcome with emotion outside a Eurobank in Athens yesterday
An elderly woman is overcome with emotion outside a Eurobank in Athens yesterday
Pensioners waiting outside a closed National Bank branch and hoping to get their pensions argue with a bank employee in Iraklio on the island of Crete
Protesters shout slogans during a demonstration outside the Greek Parliament in Athens yesterday
A man holds a banner supporting Greece during a protest in front of the European Union office in Barcelona, Spain. The banner reads "Greece yes, Troika no"

"Panic set in across the country as people queued at ATMs to withdraw a €60 daily limit and stockpiled goods amid rumours pharmaceuticals could run out," the report states.

Shares across Europe tumbled yesterday but there was no rout on the financial markets, as had been feared.

Hozier and Taylor Swift
Hozier and Taylor Swift

The front page also features a picture of popstar Taylor Swift as she played before 14,000 fans at the 3Arena last night, as part of her European tour which draws to a close.

'I quit Sinn Fein over bullying' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Herald'.

Councillor Jonathan Dowdall
Councillor Jonathan Dowdall

Former Sinn Fein councillor Jonathan Dowdall, who represented the North Inner City, claimed he quit the party because he was being "bullied" by members of the organisation.

"Bullying is allowed to go on in certain parts of Sinn Fein," he told the newspaper. "There were numerous attacks on myself from a certain element within Sinn Fein, and there were attacks on my teams members.

"It was totally wrong and it was time for me to go - I didn't agree with it," he said.

'Tanaiste pushing for €5 increase in child benefit' is one of the main headlines on the front page of today's 'Irish Times'.

Joan Burton
Joan Burton
Tánaiste Joan Burton has supported Prof Patrick Honohan’s call to burn junior bondholders of IBRC
Joan Burton

The newspaper states Labour leader Joan Burton is seeking an annual €60 increase to child benefit. It's also reported that she's seeking to have 40,000 workers brought out of the USC net.

'Bloody War' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Daily Star'.

Christy Keane
Christy Keane

The paper carries a report on the latest in the investigation into the shooting of convicted criminal Christy Keane.

The incident took place at approximately 7am yesterday morning as Mr Keane walked into a gym in the grounds of the University of Limerick. He is in a critical but stable condition today. Gardai are treating the shooting as attempted murder.

FAI boss John Delaney and Emma English at the 2015 European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan
FAI boss John Delaney and Emma English at the 2015 European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan

Today's 'Irish Examiner' carries a report on how some 15 drug users have been infected with HIV in Dublin, with another case probable.

The HSE confirmed this, before adding "new cases continue to be detected", with a further 16 cases currently being tested. The upsurge has "sparked concern among clinicians and addiction organisations regarding a possible link between homeless drug users and the injection of mephedrone, the former headshop drug known as "snow blow".

'FAI debt increases to €51.2m' is the main headline on the back page of today's 'Irish Independent Sport'.

John Fallon reports on how FAI members were told that the Autumn qualifiers were "crucial" to the association's financial future.

FIFA's €5m 'Hand of God' payment and the commencement of UEFA's centralised television deal have failed to reduce the debt which now stands at €51.2 million.

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