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Sunday 31 August 2014

What it says in the papers

Published 22/05/2014 | 07:34

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Today's front page of the Irish Independent

Jackie Kennedy letters; former Anglo Irish Bank boss David Drumm; golfer Rory McIlroy

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The Irish Independent says plans to sell long-lost letters written by Jackie Kennedy to an Irish priest in the 1950s and 1960s have been called off after disputes over ownership and copyright emerged.

And a story by journalist Philip Ryan says Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has defended the involvement of Lord Louis Mountbatten's murderer in Sinn Fein's election campaign.

And former Anglo Irish Bank boss David Drumm failed to include some details of $1.2m (€870,000) in cash transferred to his wife Lorraine before he sought a US bankruptcy because he "forgot", a court has heard.

The Herald runs a photograph of a “monster” who raped his 74-year-old aunt on its front page. Christopher Ward (51) violently raped the elderly lady during a horrific four-hour ordeal. He was jailed for 14 years on Monday.

And the paper also says golfer Rory McIlroy will not be asking for his eight-carat diamond engagement ring back from Caroline Wozniacki. His former fiancée (23) will be allowed to keep her €150,000 sparkler, according to a close source.

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In happier times: Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy

The Irish Times says clashes between party leaders over the economy dominated the final stages of the election campaign yesterday, with Taoiseach Enda Kenny calling on voters to reject policies that would jeopardise economic recovery.

Meanwhile, a Government taskforce is to meet for the first time tomorrow to find new courses on which to place “genuine students” affected by the closure of several private language courses.

The Irish Sun runs the headline “Rory’s Ditch and Putt” and shows a picture of McIlroy and Wozniacki sitting outdoors with bowed heads. The paper quotes a source as saying the pair’s break-up was “out of the blue”.

The Irish Daily Mirror quotes McIroy as saying “It is time to move on”.

The Irish Daily Mail says “increasingly edgy” Coalition ministers came out yesterday to pile pressure on Alan Shatter to waive the €70,000 severance pay he is entitled to. With voters going to the polls tomorrow in the local, European and two by-elections, Enda Kenny led the calls on his former justice minister not to take the golden handshake.

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Alan Shatter

The Irish Examiner says more than 150 Naval Service personnel and civilian workers could have potentially come in contact with asbestos as the crisis deepens over the extent of exposure to the life-threatening substance. Half of the fleet has now been affected. According to the paper’s sources, the ship LÉ Eithne, is tied up at the naval headquarters in Co Cork.

The Irish Daily Star says pals of Rory McIroy confirmed that a pre-nup agreement played no part in his break-up with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki.

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Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy in 2012

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