What it says in the papers
Published 17/02/2014 | 07:00
BAFTAs, Simon Cowell's baby and a horrific incident in a hotel bedroom all make up the front page of most newspapers today.
1. 'Crowded A&Es put patients at risk in flu outbreak' states the front of today's Irish Independent. The flu outbreak has the potential to "spread like wildfire" a leading consultant told the paper. Five flu-related deaths have already been reported, including the death of a child under four. Overcrowded emergency departments are worsening the situation.
2.The Herald front page reads 'Mum tied up in hotel murder'. The body of Sonia Blount was found tied up in a Tallaght hotel. Cable ties were found at the scene and gardai are expected to launch a murder inquiry after a post-mortem examination today.
3. A tweeted picture of Simon Cowell with his new baby son Eric, which he tweeted yesterday evening. "I never knew how much love and pride I would feel," Cowell tweeted, along with his black and white shots. Eric, named after Simon's later father, was born on Valentine's Day. The shots show the music mogul cradling his son and looking down at him in his arms as American girlfriend Lauren Silverman caresses their child's head.
4. Some shots from last night's BAFTAs also making the front pages of today's papers. The big Irish winner last night was the victory for 'Philomena', the story of an Irish mother searching for her long lost son. The film, starring British actress Judi Dench in the lead role was also nominated for Leading Actress and Outstanding British Film gongs. it was the screenplay, written by the film's co-star, British comedian Steve Coogan, and Jeff Pope, that won the coveted award at a star-studded ceremony at London's Royal Opera House last night.
5. The Irish Daily Mirror leads with an update on Madeleine McCann, as the widow of the prime suspect in her disappearance case is quizzed. Luisa Rodrigues was questioned, as police source in Portugal said there know a burglary gang was in the area at the time.
6. The Irish Examiner follows up on the ongoing GSOC controversy, with the front page proclaiming 'Shatter under pressure to reveal all facts' as the Minister for Justice is set to appear at a committee meeting to discuss claims he "completely misled" the Dáil. This is as Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan said he was "entirely satisfied" that the for wasn't involved in any surveillance of GSOC.
7. The Irish Daily Mail has the touching story of Liam Mac An tSaoi, who spent his three years in hospital, but he made his first trip home to Clonberne, Co Galway, where his delighted parents, Louise and Sean, and older brothers, Fiachna and Cormac, were waiting. Now the family are looking forward to the day when they will finally get Liam back home for good.