Saturday 20 December 2014

What it says in the papers

Freya Drohan

Published 08/07/2014 | 08:26

The main stories of the morning are the murder of Adrian Foran, health insurance policies and the Irish Greyhound Board's debt.

front page of the Irish Independent splashes with news that health insurers have been told by the Government to slash their premiums.

The likes of VHI, Laya, Aviva and Glo are expected to benefit from a new surge in customers after the Health Minister signed an order to penalise people from delay taking out cover.

On the front page of The Herald, the revelation that murdered 41-year-old Adrian Foran was a friend of MEP Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan.

It is believed that the mature student, whose body was found buried under a pile of rocks in a quarry after he had been strangled, knew his killer.

Also in The Herald, the father of a missing Dublin schoolboy has passed away without ever discovering what happened to his son.

Philip Cairns snr died peacefully surrounded by his family at Tallaght Hospital, just three months shy of the 28th anniversary of his son Philip jr’s disappearance.

On the front page of The Irish Examiner, the financially troubled Irish Greyhound Board has been told to sell off assets, including the Harold’s Cross track, to tackle its €22 million debts.

The board has been mired in debt since 2009, when it decided to construct a new headquarters and track in Limerick.

Students at the University College Cork are more likely to have taken drugs than other students.

This is according to a national student survey commissioned by the website Campus.ie.

Two thirds of the UCC students surveyed admitted to taking illegal drugs.

The Irish Times reports that nine food outlets across the country were ordered to close their doors by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.

The businesses in Dublin, Donegal, Offaly and Galway include one pub, one butchers, three takeaways, three restaurants and one food stall.

The Irish Times also reports that Pope Francis has asked forgiveness for clerical sex abuse.

In a historic Vatican meeting, he offered an apology to the six abuse survivors (two of whom were Irish) saying “I ask for the grace to weep”.

More than 100 business investments were made in Ireland since January by IDA-backed firms, creating 8,000 jobs according to the Irish Daily Mirror.

This is up from 70 investments in the same period in 2013.

Concerns are growing for Shane MacGowan after he cancelled his gig in London on Sunday night due to “medical advice”.

It is thought that the 56-year-old pulled out of the fundraising concert in Camden because he is suffering from exhaustion.

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