Thursday 8 December 2016

While you were sleeping: The stories you missed overnight

Published 21/12/2015 | 06:51

The front page of this morning's Irish Independent
The front page of this morning's Irish Independent

We take a look at the main stories from overnight and what it says in this morning’s papers.

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One person has been killed and dozens injured after a car smashed into pedestrians on a Las Vegas Strip pavement.

Police spokesman Lieutenant Peter Boffelli said the car was travelling north on Las Vegas Boulevard, near Bellagio Way, when it went on to the pavement in front of the Paris Hotel & Casino and struck pedestrians. Thirty-seven people were taken to hospital.

One person was killed and seven were in a critical condition, authorities said.

"This is a huge tragedy that has happened on our Strip," Mr Boffelli said.

Read more: Terrorism ruled out as one person killed and dozens critical after car smashes into pedestrians on Las Vegas strip  

Rescuers are searching for at least 91 missing people a day after a mountain of excavated soil and construction waste buried dozens of buildings when it swept through a Chinese industrial park.

China's official Xinhua News Agency said the landslide in the southern city of Shenzhen buried or damaged 33 buildings in the industrial park.

Shenzhen is a major manufacturing centre in Guangdong province across the border from Hong Kong that makes products used around the world ranging from mobile phones to cars.

Aerial photos on the microblog of the Public Security Ministry's Firefighting Bureau showed the area awash in a sea of red mud, with several buildings either knocked on their side or collapsed entirely.

The papers

The Irish Independent reports that Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adans is under scrutiny for his support of tax dodger Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy.

Mr Adams said that Murphy had been ‘treated unfairly’ and had his rights ‘denied’.

Tanaiste Joan Burton said Mr Adams’ comments showed that Sinn Fein was unsuited for government.

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin said Mr Adams was now facing the question as to whether he supported the authority of the Irish Supreme Court.

The Irish Examiner reports that a spike in the number of primary school amalgamations could pave the way for divestment of patronage.

The number of school mergers has doubled this year compared with 2014.

The Department of Education is hoping that the number of buildings being free up would clear the way for varying patronage.

The Herald leads with details of an armed standoff in Dublin yesterday.

A man fired up to 40 shotgun blasts from inside a house in Tallaght during the tense 12 hour standoff.

Paddy Kinch is said to have yelled at gardai that he had enough ammunition ‘for  a week’.

Just after 4pm yesterday he was talked down by trained gardai and the situation ended.

The Irish Daily Mail reports that the Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan plans to end the practice of schools seeking voluntary contributions from parents.

Parents are often asked for cash assistance up to €250 from parents on top of uniform and book expenses.

The Star also reports on the siege in Dublin yesterday.

Also on its front page is the headline ‘Death charge teen: I did a bad thing’ – which covers the court appearance yesterday of a boy accused of killing a teen at a house party in Mayo over the weekend.

The Irish Sun reports on the tragic farm death of Mark Fordham.

The 8-year-old died in an accident on his family’s farm in Co Galway over the weekend.

Finally the Irish Daily Mirror reports that soccer star Anthony Stokes almost quit the sport over death threats against him.

At one point he was warned he would get a ‘bullet in his head’, the paper reports. 

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