What it says in the papers
Health Minister Reilly's radical health insurance plan and the Garda whistleblower controversy; here are this morning's newspapers.
Families will not be able to skip queues for medical treatment by paying extra under Health Minister James Reilly’s radical health insurance plan, this morning’s Irish Independent reports. ‘Reilly to ban hospital queue-jumping under health insurance plan’, the headline reads. Fionnan Sheahan reports that the reform will have massive implications for the two million people who currently hold private health cover.
The Garda whistleblower controversy dominates the front pages of both the Irish Examiner and the Irish Times this morning. ‘Whistleblower speaks out – McCabe says statements by Callinan false and misleading’, reads the Irish Examiner. Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe has spoken publicly for the first time to dispute what he says are ‘false and misleading’ statements yesterday. Irish Times reads ‘Whistleblower denies rejecting instructions – McCabe insists he was never invited to participate in penalty points inquiry’.
More political news this morning as the Irish Independent reports that Fine Gael has urged its own TDs to target Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte over the potential closure of hundreds of post offices. ‘FG TDs target Rabbitte over post offices’, the headline reads.
‘Chief Justice warned Howlin pay cuts would lead to ‘second best’ judiciary’, reads the Irish Times as the paper reports that Chief Justice Susan Denham has warned the Government it risks creating a ‘second best’ judiciary by refusing to ease the financial burden on High Court judges who live outside the capital.
‘McFeely: I’m not sorry about Priory Hall’, reads the front page of the Irish Daily Star. The developer has insisted the evacuated building ‘is not a fire-trap’ and said, ‘What would I apologise for?’.
Sinead O’Connor features on the front page of the Irish Sun with the headline, ‘Sinead faces cancer fears’. The singer reportedly found a lump on her breast, the newspaper reports.
RTE newsreader Sharon Ni Bheolain is on the front page of the Irish Daily Mirror. ‘Sharon: I feel sorry for my stalker’ reads the front page of the paper as the newsreader speaks out about the six-month harassment. The story also features on the front page of the Irish Examiner with the headline, ‘Ni Bheolain attacks ‘disgraceful rags’ over photos’.