Saturday 20 December 2014

What it says in the papers

Published 12/02/2014 | 07:47

The latest Atlantic storm to hit Irish shores has claimed the front spot of some of the paper's this morning; that, and the recent installment from the GSOC bugging debacle.

Irish Independent leads with "Watchdog defies calls to quit in 'bugging' debacle' as the GSOC chairman Simon O'Brien resists pressure to resign as a result of his handling of the situation.

The Irish Times reports a related story as an off-lead with 'Coalition expresses confidence in GSOC and its chief' , Irish Examiner reads 'GSOC: We can't rule out HQ was bugged' and ‘Shatter: Claims of threats are outrageous’ as Justice Minister is furious at such allegations over attempts to blow the whistle within An Garda Siochana. Irish Daily Mirror reports, ‘Garda spy wrangle heats up'.

Weather stories are always popular with the Irish public - and the latest adverse conditions have been captured by several publications this morning. 'A blast of snow as new storm blows in' reads the Irish Independent as Storm Darwin threatens gusts of up to 140kph today. Meanwhile, Irish Times uses 'Walk on the white side in sudden snow shower' as their lead front page picture.

Yesterday's news that Hollywood child star Shirley Temple had passed away has made the lead picture splash for Irish Examiner. The paper also continues to report on the deal Donald Trump has landed with Doonbeg, reading 'Trump execs fly in after landing Doonbeg 'gem'''. Irish Times lead story carries the line 'Anglo's 10 identical letters were 'unusual'' as the Anglo trial continues.

The Herald leads with a telling picture of convicted Christy Keane carrying furniture to residential areas in Limerick after flooding devastation. the line reads 'Floody suite'. Daily Mail reads 'Shock rise in boys suffering from anorexia' as a new study reveals some startling figures.

Other front page news from the Irish Daily Star reads ‘Stables boss snaps up Jessbrook' as the paper reports of businessman James Buckley finalising a deal to buy gangster john Gilligan's equestrian centre.

'Killed by a dog called Killer' the Irish Daily Mirror reports, as a photo of beautiful baby Ava - who was mauled by a pitbull - covers the front page.

Irish Independent's sports splash reads 'O'Driscoll 'one million per cent' still retiring at end of the season' to the devastation of eternally optimistic rugby fans. The GAA story also leading the back page reports 'Call to give slice of €6m Brooks cash to counties'.

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