What it says in the papers
The storms that hit the country and left three cities underwater lead the front pages of this morning’s newspapers.
'Flood nightmare to last for weeks as more storms on way’ reads the front page of the Irish Independent. The Irish Examiner leads with ‘Funds to help alleviate flood costs’ as their picture story. Meanwhile, the Irish Times takes the angle that ministers have admitted €10m flood aid inadequate. The Irish Sun and the Irish Daily Mirror lead with photos of a father walking his two children in Bullock Harbour in Dalkey, Dublin when a freak wave nearly swept his toddler away. ‘Floody stupid’ reads the Irish Daily Mirror while the Irish Sun chose ‘Floody moron’.
A High Court judge has spoken out and said online drinking craze ‘Neknomination’ will cause a ‘tsunami of deaths and rape’ before his courts. Justice Paul Carney spoke as he sentenced a man who raped an acquaintance after he had consumed six or seven pints. The Irish Daily Star leads with ‘Booze game’s ‘murder tsunami – Judge’s warning after man is locked up for rape’.
Meanwhile, the Irish Daily Mail leads with ‘Facebook: Drinking dares not harmful’. The online social network has refused to ban the ‘Neknomination’ game to have claimed the lives of two young men insisting that it isn’t ‘harmful’. The Irish Times’ headline reads, ‘Facebook refuses to take down drinking videos’.
‘Pylons pose no major health threat to humans, says European Commission’ writes the Irish Examiner. The review of nearly 500 scientific reports and studies will be published today.
‘Audit finds Rehab used €700,000 of State funding for PR and lobbying’, writes the Irish Times. An audit carried out by the Department of Justice found that Rehab used €700,000 in public funding provided under the charitable lotteries scheme on communications, marketing and hospitality costs linked to lobbying activity.
In sport, Chelsea closed the gap on Arsenal last night following their 1-0 win over Man City last night. The Irish Independent leads with ‘Mourinho masters’, The Herald leads with ‘Jose’s City Strike’ while the Irish Daily Star reads ‘Ivan the Terrific!’