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Thursday 21 August 2014

What it says in the papers

Published 08/04/2014 | 07:08

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The main news on most newspapers this morning is the death of Peaches Geldof.

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'Peaches is Dead. We are beyond pain' - Bob Geldof is the headline in the Irish Independent this morning. Police were called to her home in Wrotham, Kent around lunchtime yesterday after the alarm was raised by a concerned relative.

Meanwhile, a piece by Donal O'Donovan says the European Central Bank has warned that over-spending on healthcare is posing the biggest threat to our economic recovery. Health Department expenditure - already €49m over budget three months into the year - needs to be reined in if our recovery is to stay on track, it said.

The Herald says police are not treating the death of Peaches Geldof as suspicious. Her dad Bob Geldof is disraught at the news: "She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us."

The Irish Times says the Government is facing a potential shortfall of tens of millions of euro ahead of this year's budget as it comes under pressure from the European Central Bank (ECB) to sell the bonds that replaced the Anglo Irish promissory note sooner than expected.

Meanwhile, the paper says that Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton wants to have a say in any post-election reshuffle that could see her moved out of her department. Sources say Ms Burton wants to be at the table when decisions are made.

And President Higginsn says Ireland and Britain must deal with the pain of the past, but must not be crippled by it, as he starts his four-day State visit to Britain.

The Irish Daily Mail says thousands of homeowners may face late property tax payment fines after another banking blunder emerged yesterday. Revenue Commissioners did not debit customers' accounts last month for their property tax payments, because of the new SEPA payment system.

The Irish Daily Star says Stuart Carolan hasn't ruled out a film version of Love/Hate, while a US version of the show is "in the pipeline". The fifth series is currently filming in Dublin.

The Irish Sun says Peaches Geldof's death was still unexplained last night - after it emerged poliec discovered no drugs or suicide note at her home.

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