Thursday 25 December 2014

What it says in the papers

Freya Drohan

Published 11/07/2014 | 07:54

According to the front page of the Irish Independent, the delay in finalising the talks between Enda Kenny and Joan Burton was attributed to the need to strike a balance between tax cuts for middle-income families and ways to increase pay for low income workers.

The leaders are understood to have signed off on a package of tax-reduction measures over the next two years- but it is dependent upon the finances being available.

The bitter feud between Paddy McKillen and Derek Quinlan, two of Ireland’s richest men, is the subject of an article in the American magazine Vanity Fair.

The bad blood dates back almost a decade, when Mr Quinlan convinced Mr McKillen to buy four of London’s most exclusive hotels which resulted in a battle for control with prominent business men.

Northern Ireland set tv show ‘Game of Thrones’ has been given 19 nods in the Emmy Awards, including best drama series.

Forty small schools will lose a teacher this September.

This arises from a decision from outgoing Minister Ruairi Quinn made in December 2011, that has already cost the jobs of 79 teachers in small schools.

Love/Hate actor Peter Coonan (who stars as Fran the Man) will play Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm in TV3’s new drama ‘The Guarantee’.

The drama will profile the night of September 29th 2008, when the government decided to guarantee Ireland’s banks to the tune of €440 billion.

The Garth Brooks debacle continues….

The front page of The Herald reads that the country singer has shot down an emergency plan to rescue the Croke Park concerts.

Brooks says he is willing to fly to Ireland to meet with Enda Kenny in a desperate bid to save the concerts.

“If the Prime Minister himself wants to talk to me I will crawl, swim, I will fly over there this weekend, sit in front of him, I will drop on my knees and beg for those 400,000 people to just have fun and let them come sing,” Garth told reporter Joyce Fegan in Nashville.

Negotiations last night were at stalemate after a proposal to hold two matinee concerts on July 26th and 27th was rejected by Brooks and his management team.

The paper also reports that hundreds of council staff are earning over €100,000 a year.

The Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan has confirmed that there are 216 local authority staff on six figure salaries.

The top earner is Owen Keegan, the man embroiled in the Garth Brooks controversy, who takes home €175,000 per annum.

A staff nurse in Dublin who was caught with crystal meth has begged a judge to leave him without a conviction as he could lose his job.

John De Lara (44) was caught with the drugs when he turned up at a friend’s house while gardai were searching it.

According to The Irish Times, the landmark Poolbeg chimneys may face demolition.

ESB chief executive Pat O’Doherty said decisions whether to knock them down or not will be made in the coming months.

The old power station ceased operation in 2010, but they remain “iconic symbols”.

The paper also reports that Israelis will continue their attacks for at least another week.

The death toll as a result from air strikes on Gaza has now approached 100.

The Irish Sun states that over €44 million was handed out in compensation last year by the Injuries Board over slips, trips, falls and other accidents.

Women made up the biggest proportion of public liability recipients, with over 70% of the 1,700 payouts.

The Irish Examiner claims that a 50-year-old woman was arrested this week in Cork over allegedly dealing cocaine at a bingo hall.

Helen Heaphy, from Fairhill, Cork, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with possession of the drug for sale or supply.

The woman remains on bail, on the condition that she will not attend Rock Bingo events between now and her court case in September.

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