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Friday 22 August 2014

What it says in the papers

Published 03/04/2014 | 07:02

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Today's papers feature fresh fears of a new property bubble, the exchequer boost and a man being shot in the back in Dublin last night.

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The Irish Independent leads with Bank of Ireland's offer to pay stamp duty for first time buyers. Inside, extensive analysis from Personal Finance Editor Charlie Weston and Mark Keenan support fears for a new housing bubble; while also featuring first hand accounts of Irish people affected.

The bomb threat at Alan Shatter's home yesterday also features heavily, as does Angela Kerins' resignation from Rehab.

The Herald leads with the Shatter threat, where a suspicious package containing white powder and Nazi imagery was posted to the Justice Minister's home. The paper also leads with a 26-year-old who was shot in the back outside his Ballyfermot home late last night

The Irish Times leads with a story by Northern Editor Gerry Moriarty in which a former PSNI (Police Service Northern Ireland) officer claims there was a culture where republic paramilitaries would avoid prosecution. The paper also covers the exchequer boost as tax revenue rises and performed better than expected. Tax revenue for the first three months came in at €9.23bn, which is up 4.5% from the same period last year.

The Irish Examiner leads with the affect the new Universal Health cover plan will have on middle income families; reporting that each may be faced with an extra €3,000 annually. The proposal would see the Government covering the cost of health care for medical card holder, the unemployed and low income earners.

The Irish Sun and Irish Daily Star both splash with a GAA player allegedly featuring in a homosexual pornographic movie. In the pre-film interview, he stated his reasons for taking part are financial. "It's probably for the money and to try something different - there's not much opportunity to do something like this in Ireland," the papers say.

In sport, the Irish Independent leads with the ongoing war of words between the GAA, RTE and Sky, which have just secured the rights to air the All Ireland Championships for the next three years. Toulouse star Gael Fickou's confidence before their clash against Munster at Thomond Park on Saturday and Padraig Harrington's hopes to take home the first Major of the season in golf also feature.

The Herald focuses on Chelsea's Champions League future after their 3-1 defeat by Paris St Germain in the French capital last night.

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