Friday 19 December 2014

What it says in the papers

Freya Drohan

Published 09/07/2014 | 08:41

‘What a shambles’ claims the front page of the Irish Independent, referring to the “embarrassment” of the Garth Brooks concert cancellations.

The paper also reports,

There are eleven Palestinian people dead after Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip yesterday.

Declan O Cualain (Folan) who admitted he killed his brother Adrian has said sorry for “putting everyone through this.”

Declan will appear before Harristown District Court at 10.30 am on Friday morning for further direction.

A woman who slipped on vomit in Dublin’s The Wright Venue has been awarded €64,000.

The 29-year-old mother of two slipped and fell during a night out in the Northside superclub in July 2011.

The Donaghmede woman suffered a headache and lower back pain.

An Inquest into the death of a young mother who died in hospital has heard that her ventilator failed during CPR.

Single mum of three Diana Martin, from Tallaght, was 34-years old when she died last year.

Her son (now 20) has said that her tragic death has “split the family apart”.

Due to conflicting medical opinions, the inquest has been adjourned until August.

On the front page of The Herald, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has lashed out at everyone involved in the Garth Brooks fiasco, including Peter Aiken, Dublin City Council and the GAA:

“It appears to be very badly handled all around. It is a shock to the system in terms of the economy of the city and the reputation of our country.”

Concert promoter Peter Aiken admitted to The Herald “it’s going to be horrendous. How do you recover?”

Also in The Herald, Singer Christy Moore’s publicist has slammed a drinks promotion in Dublin’s Cafe en Seine which offered half price drinks to concert goers on a leaflet emblazoned with his face.

His publicist Aine Carmody said the controversial promotion was “just a publicity stunt intended to drum up free advertising.”

John Moriarty, General Manager of the popular Dawson Street bar, said that there was no intention to insult the singer, and that the promotion was “tongue in cheek”.

Kate McCann, mother of missing little girl Maddie, has told a court of the family’s “desperation, anxiety and pain” when a former Portuguese detective accused her and her husband of faking her daughter’s disappearance in the Algarve in 2007.

Kate and her husband Gerry both delivered powerful statements in the libel case brought against a book and documentary about their daughter’s disappearance.

Illustrating the effect it had on her family, Kate noted that their son has asked them whether they had “hid” Madeleine.

Busy model Faye Dinsmore is putting her wedding plans on hold as she heads to New York after being signed by prestigious agency Ford Models.

The Donegal native (25) has been engaged to her fiancé Paddy Cosgrave (the brains behind the Dublin Web Summit) for two years.

The Irish Daily Star shows a picture of Garth Brooks looking distressed with the headline ‘The Day The Music Died’. An accompanying article claims that the city will lose €50 million from the cancelled concerts and that the nation’s reputation abroad is in ruins.

The paper carries personal accounts from super fans who claim “It’s like a death in the family” and “I’ll never go to a GAA match again”.

In the UK, well known music stars including George Michael, Katie Melua and four members of the Arctic Monkeys are among the 1,600 people who tried to shelter £1.22 billion through an aggressive tax avoidance scheme, according to The Times.

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