Tuesday 25 April 2017

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Oklahoma death row inmate Richard Glossip is shown in this Oklahoma Department of Corrections photo REUTERS/Oklahoma Department of Corrections/Handout
Oklahoma death row inmate Richard Glossip is shown in this Oklahoma Department of Corrections photo REUTERS/Oklahoma Department of Corrections/Handout
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'How do I tell my girl that her father is dead?', asks the fiancée of 37-year-old Noel Winterlich, who was killed in an attack in a house in Co Kildare early this week.

Dearbhla Leahy, mother to three-year-old Amber, broke down in tears while she spoke about the tragedy that has hit them, as her daughter played in the kitchen at her feet.

"I only heard the details on the news. The gardaí only told me Noel had passed away, but I didn't know how until I saw the news," she told the Irish Independent.

"He was a great dad and partner, and loved Amber, and she in turn was mad about him.

Dearbhla Leahy with Noel Winterlich and daughter Amber
Dearbhla Leahy with Noel Winterlich and daughter Amber

"It still hasn't sunk in yet. I tried to tell Amber earlier that her daddy was gone to heaven.

"But she doesn't understand at all, so for the moment I've told her that daddy has had to go to work far away for a long time," Dearbhla explained.

Read more: 'I don't know how to tell our daughter her daddy is dead' says fiancée of attack victim

In November 2002, in a separate tragedy, Dearbhla and her family received the awful news that her brother Finbar had been killed while backpacking in Thailand.

In global news, a US man on death row in Oklahoma has been granted a last minute 37-day stay of execution.

Richard Glossip - who attracted media attention when actress Susan Sarandon appealed for his execution to be stayed - has always maintained his innocence for the beating to death of his employer in 1997.

Oklahoma death row inmate Richard Glossip is shown in this Oklahoma Department of Corrections photo REUTERS/Oklahoma Department of Corrections/Handout
Oklahoma death row inmate Richard Glossip is shown in this Oklahoma Department of Corrections photo REUTERS/Oklahoma Department of Corrections/Handout

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin reset Glossip's execution for November 6,  saying the state needed to determine whether its use of a new drug - potassium acetate - was in compliance.

Read more: Oklahoma governor stays execution of Richard Glossip amid drug concerns

Meanwhile, an explosion has damaged a six-storey building in China, less than a day after more than a dozen blasts killed at least seven people and injured over 50 in the same city. Authorities are treating the blasts as a criminal act, and not terrorism.

Read more: Another blast hits Chinese city where explosions killed seven people

The potential witnesses are thought to have helped some of the 96 Liverpool fans who died at the FA Cup semi-final on April 15 1989. Credit: Operation Resolve/PA Wire
The potential witnesses are thought to have helped some of the 96 Liverpool fans who died at the FA Cup semi-final on April 15 1989. Credit: Operation Resolve/PA Wire

Also, investigators of the Hillsborough tragedy have released images of two men they want to speak to. The potential witnesses are thought to have helped some of the 96 Liverpool fans who died at the FA Cup semi-final on April 15 1989.

Read more: Hillsborough images released to trace two witnesses of 1989 tragedy

And, the Titanic's last lunch menu, saved by a first-class passenger who climbed aboard a lifeboat whose crew was said to have been bribed to row away instead of rescue more people, has been sold at a US auction.

Read more: The Titanic's last lunch menu is sold at auction for over €78,000

In today's papers, the Irish Independent leads with 'McAleese a victim in firetrap complex saga' as the paper reports that the former President Mary McAleese and her husband bought two apartments in LongBoat Quay - the same complex that the Taoiseach branded a fretrap, and where residents face evacuation.

The Titanics last lunch menu
The Titanics last lunch menu

Read more: McAleese a victim in firetrap complex saga

'A gun is being put ot my head' is the front page headline from The Herald as a mum living in these LongBoat apartments told reporters that she feels trapped into moving out of her home, unless she foots a €18,000 repair bill.

This story also features on the Irish Examiner who take the line 'Council urged to pay €4m to repair 'firetrap'' as pressure is mounting on Dublin City Council to foot the €4m bill for fire safety remedial works in the 299-apartment complex Longboat Quay.

Mary McAleese
Mary McAleese

The Irish Times opts for a health story as the front page lead with 'Reports call for major changes in maternity services' as the paper reveals that major changes have been proposed in these services folllowing two reports commissioned in the wake of baby deaths at Portlaoise Hospital.

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