Tuesday 27 September 2016

While you were sleeping - the stories you missed overnight

Published 05/04/2016 | 07:28

Today's front page of the Irish Independent.
Today's front page of the Irish Independent.

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

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Abroad:

China's internet censors and state media outlets have suppressed reports on hidden wealth drawn from leaked documents which name relatives of current and retired Chinese politicians - including president Xi Jinping. Searches for articles on websites and social media postings featuring the words "Panama documents" could not be opened to view their content.

Read More: Chinese media supresses Panama papers reports  

A federal judge in New Orleans has granted final approval to an estimated $US20bn (€17.58bn) settlement over the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The settlement, first announced in July, resolves years of litigation over the worst offshore spill in US history. It includes US$5.5 (€4.83) in civil Clean Water Act penalties and billions more to cover environmental damage and other claims by the five Gulf states and local governments.

Read More: US judge approves €17.6bn BP oil spill settlement

The Papers

Efforts to speak to representatives of an Irish company at the centre of the Panama Papers controversy have been firmly rebuffed, the Irish Independent reports. The Pegasus Trust, a firm which has used the services of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, is located in the unlikely setting of a residential address in Drumcondra, Dublin. When a representative was asked to comment, a man who opened the door at no. 30 Botanic Avenue said: “We gave a comment already. We’ll be making no further comment.”

Read More: Revenue set to probe 'Panama Papers' as Bruton says evaders will be prosecuted  

The IFA is at the centre of another controversy on its pay and pensions - after a whistleblower made detailed claims about the remuneration for former general secretary Michael Berkery, the Irish Independent reports. The revelations come in the middle of the IFA election for a new president where transparency is a key campaign issue. Mr Berkery was general secretary of the IFA for 25 years until late in 2008, when he announced his retirement.

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Irish woman Lillian Allen has told convicted drug smuggler Michaella McCollum to flee Peru. Ms Allen fled the country while on parole last year, and she warned that Ms McCollum faces a long wait to get back home. “If I could say one thing to Michaella it would be, ‘get out’,” Ms Allen told the Irish Daily Star.

Comedian David McSavage is set to appear before court after refusing to pay his television licence fee in protest at what he calls the “awful” 1916 skit shows, The Irish Sun reports. “I refuse to fund such mediocre comedy. I will go to prison if I have to,” he said.

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