Tuesday 28 March 2017

What it says in the papers

A firefighter reacts as he receives treatment at a hospital after the explosions at the Binhai new district in Tianjin, China REUTERS/China Daily
A firefighter reacts as he receives treatment at a hospital after the explosions at the Binhai new district in Tianjin, China REUTERS/China Daily
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

These are the stories that you need to know about this morning.

'Safety warnings ignored as building rules relaxed' reads the Irish Independent on its front page this morning as the paper reports that ministers were cautioned against easing construction standards for new homes. The paper reveals that Environment Minister Alan Kelly and Housing Minister Paudie Coffey were told by officials that easing standards culd leave consumers "vulnerable".

The Herald runs with 'I thought I was going to die' as a grandmother speaks out after horrific attack that saw an intruder in her home break both of her arms. Doreen O'Shea (50) also suffered head injuries in the assault.

'Water protest trials set for after election' is the front page story for the Irish Examiner which reports that the trials against Socialist Party TD Paul Murphy and two party councillors, with Tanaiste Joan Burton as witness, will not take place before the next election.

The international story of 'Chinese port rocked by chemical explosions' is a lead story and picture slot for the Irish Times this morning. A picture of thousands of burned out new cars demonstrate just some of the devastation caused by the explosions in Tianjin which resulted in the deaths of at least 50 people.

Karen Buckley's killer Alexander Pacteau is still covered in the Irish Sun today with 'Karen killer was web stalker' as the paper reports that Pacteau targeted girls at his former Glasgow school online with graphic sexual questions.

The Irish Daily Mirror lead with an abandoned baby appeal on its front page with the line 'Help me find my Irish parents' as a woman who was left in an cardboard box in 1958 has appealed to the public to help reunite her with her biological parents.

Meanwhile, the Irish Daily Star runs with 'OAPs in burglary terror' as the paper reports that a gang of raiders terrorised three pensioners in their own home - before leaving with nothing.

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