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Friday 29 August 2014

What it says in the papers

Published 23/05/2014 | 07:28

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Today's front page of the Irish Independent.

Alan Shatter's severance pay acceptance; 'green' ecstasy; the general election

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The Irish Independent's Philip Ryan writes that Alan Shatter has caused huge embarrassment for Enda Kenny by accepting the €70,000 severance pay that he had voted to do away with.

Meanwhile, former Anglo Irish Bank boss David Drumm told an adviser, "it never pays to be co-operative" in an email before he filed his court financial statements, his US bankruptcy hearing was told.

The discovery of a will left by the Irish priest who corresponded with Jackie Kennedy in the 1950s and 1960s played a crucial part in the dramatic withdrawal from auction of her letters, the Irish Independent has learned.

In The Herald, the front page says three people have died from a lethal dose of ‘green’ ecstasy. The HSE and gardai have warned people not to use the drug as some of the tablets contain a highly dangerous stimulant.

The Irish Times says the newly appointed head of the State’s acute hospitals has warned hospitals their costs are running at unsustainable levels and must be immediately addressed.

The front page photo shows two voters on the island of Inishfree, Co Donegal casting their votes ahead of the rest of the country. The country votes today to elect 11 MEPs in European elections, 949 councillors in local elections, and two TDs in byelections in Dublin West and Longford-Westmeath.

The Irish Examiner says the Central Bank has signalled its satisfaction with disclosure levels at Anglo Irish Bank when it pitched a €30bn bond offer while simultaneously trying to secretly “dribble” Sean Quinn’s stake onto the market. On May 23, 2008, then financial regulator Patrick Neary approved a €30bn bond prospectus for Anglo to present to the market.

The Irish Daily Mail runs the headline “Enda to Moya: ‘Sorry...Wish I could help”. A family tells of their fury as a personal letter from the Taoiseach refuses to guarantee five-year-old cerebral palsy sufferer Moya Nason her medical card.

The Irish Sun runs the photo of a teenager who lost his life after taking six hits of ‘Green Rolex’ ecstasy. Shane Cotton, 16, from New Ross, Co Wexford, is one of at least four suspected victims.

The Irish Daily Mirror says Paul McCartney was rushed to hospital in Tokyo with a mystery illness.

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Paul McCartney with his robot Newman

The Irish Daily Star says axed Manchester United boss David Moyes is facing a police probe after allegedly getting embroiled in a bust-up.

The paper also runs the strapline: “McIlroy is smiles better since Woz split”.

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