Thursday 17 August 2017

What it says in the papers

Here are the seven stories you need to know about today

Local man Martin Flaherty was good samaritan as he came to the aid of a driver whose car had stalled in the flood Photo By : Domnick Walsh / Eye Focus LTD
Local man Martin Flaherty was good samaritan as he came to the aid of a driver whose car had stalled in the flood Photo By : Domnick Walsh / Eye Focus LTD
Emergency services at the scene of the bus crash at South Cregg, Cork
Cian O'Sullivan remains a major doubt for Dublin
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

'Self-employed and farmers with €150 Budget tax boost' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Independent'.

Fionnan Sheahan, Philip Ryan and Niall O'Connor report that Finance Minister Michael Noonan will introduce a tax credit for the self-employed and farmers, initially worth about €150 in the Budget.

The point at which low-income and middle-income workers start paying the top rate of tax will also be lifted by Mr Noonan.

A range of income tax reliefs for young farmers will also be extended for another year. And farmers with forestry will benefit from a new tax break allowing to average their income earned over the next five years.

Emergency services at the scene of the bus crash at South Cregg, Cork
Emergency services at the scene of the bus crash at South Cregg, Cork

The front page also carries a picture showing Good Samaritan Martin Flaherty, from Tralee, Co Kerry, giving a helping hand to some motorist who found himself stranded in floodwaters. The headline reads 'Any chance of a start?....' The heavy rains - up to 10cm in 24 hours in some parts - caused chaos on the roads yesterday. In Co Cork, some 52 schoolchildren had a miraculous escape when their bus overturned, while on Achill Island, Co Mayo, a retired clergyman and TV actor drowned when his car was swept into a ditch by a flash flood. Forecasters have warned more rain is on the way.

The bus crash features on the front page of today's Herald, the 'Irish Daily Star', the 'Irish Sun' and the 'Irish Daily Mail'. For 'The Herald', Ralph Riegel reports how Leaving Cert student Catriona Nugent (17), from Kildinan, Co Cork, was just inches from death or serious injury after a tree smashed through a window. "I am very lucky to be alive," she said. The bus driver has been hailed a hero.

Catriona Nugent (17) from Kildinan, Co Cork
Catriona Nugent (17) from Kildinan, Co Cork

'U2 Ticket Tout Fury' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Daily Mirror'. The newspaper reports how thousands of U2 fans were left disappointed after almost 60,000 tickets to their Irish gigs in Dublin and Belfast sold out within half an hour. And several hours later, tickets were online selling at €3,400 a pair.

However, there was joy for the hundreds of U2 fans who queued overnight at the 3Arena box office for yesterday morning's sale - all got tickets.

U2 fans queue outside the 3 Arena for tickets for U2's upcoming gigs in the 3 Arena, which go on sale at 9am on Monday morning
U2 fans queue outside the 3 Arena for tickets for U2's upcoming gigs in the 3 Arena, which go on sale at 9am on Monday morning
Tamara Thaise and Fabiola Scapinni from Brazil U2 Fans with their tickets
Debora Goebel Adeisa Escobar and Victoria Romano all from Brazil
Greg Fitzimons Whitehall Dublin U2 fan with his tickets at the 3Arena
U2 Fan Eamonn Meek first in the queue with his Tickets at the 3Arena

'EU ministers fail to agree relocation scheme for refugees' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Times'.

Justice ministers met yesterday to discuss the crisis but failed to reach agreement on a relocation scheme for refugees as countries began to introduce border checks within the EU's free travel area.

A Syrian refugee girl looks out the window from inside a bus after disembarking a passenger ship at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece. Photo: REUTERS/Michalis Karagiannis
A Syrian refugee girl looks out the window from inside a bus after disembarking a passenger ship at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece. Photo: REUTERS/Michalis Karagiannis
Refugees rest after crossing the border between Hungary and Austria in Nickelsdorf yesterday.
An Afghan refugee woman holding her daughter rests while waiting to board a train heading to the Austrian border. It is obvious that what we are now witnessing a disaster of global proportions that demands a global solution.
Police officers stop refugees after taking them off the train at the rail station in Freilassing, Germany (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
A Syrian refugee carries his sleeping daughter as they walk towards Greece's border, with Macedonia near the Greek village of Idomeni. Photo: REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis
Refugees waiting in Nickelsdorf on the Austria-Hungary border (AP)

Members failed to back the relocation plan proposed by the European Commission last week - there was significant amount of opposition to the plan from Central and Eastern European members who oppose mandatory quotas.

'City to seek legal advice on review group's actions over council merger' is one of the main headlines on the front page of the 'Irish Examiner'.

The newspaper reports how Cork City Council is to seek a judicial review of the administrative actions of a review group which has recommended a merger of the city and county councils.

'Dublin primed to switch Cooper to centre-back' is the main headline on 'Independent Sport' today.

Cian O'Sullivan remains a major doubt for Dublin
Cian O'Sullivan remains a major doubt for Dublin
'Cian O’Sullivan is the key man in Jim Gavin’s defensive strategy and that sweeping role is something that he has worked on for the last 12 months or more. He won’t be easy to replace'
Dublin's Cian O'Sullivan has injury scare ahead of All-Ireland final
Andy Moran, Mayo, in action against Cian O'Sullivan, Dublin

Colm Keys reports how Cian O'Sullivan remains a major doubt for Dublin ahead of Sunday's All-Ireland final against Kerry.

O'Sullivan pulled up with a hamstring injury in the closing stages of the replay win over Mayo last week and had to be helped off the field. Dublin manager Jim Gavin expressed confidence last week that the Kilmacud Crokes defender would make the final, saying the player himself was also confident he would make it.

If O'Sullivan can't recover in time, the Dubs could opt for either Philly McMahon or Jonny Cooper in the position, with Mick Fitzsimons coming in at corner-back if change is forced upon them.

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