Wednesday 18 October 2017

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Here are the six stories you need to know this morning

1. 'Supersize classes'

‘One-in-4 pupils packed into ‘supersize’ classes’ reads the front page of the Irish Independent this morning. The newspaper reports that more than 125,000 primary pupils are squeezed into so-called ‘supersize’ classes of 30 or more.

2. Flash demo organiser revealed

‘Flying column water protests’ reads the front of The Herald. The newspaper reveals the man who organises anti water-meter flash demonstrations across the Dublin. Damien Farrell is 46 years of age and works as a taxi driver. He unsuccessfully ran for Eirigi in the local elections.

3. New childcare package

The Irish Times leads their front page with ‘Reilly may introduce one year’s paid leave for parents’. The newspaper reports that the introduction of a full year’s paid parental leave which would be split between both parents, is under consideration as part of a new childcare package.

The Irish Examiner leads with the same, and the headline ‘Reform could double parental leave’. The newspaper goes with the angle that Children’s Minister Reilly’s move could split maternity leave with fathers.

4. Ireland's latest Lotto win

The Irish Mirror leads with the country’s latest Lotto win. Although the winner of the €10.7m ticket has yet to be revealed, the owner of the shop who sold it believes the good fortune was sent by her late husband. The €4 Quick Pick came from Souhan’s Maxol filling station in Trim, Co Meath.

The Irish Sun leads with ‘€10.6m bunny money’ and the words ‘Eggstra, eggstra’.

5. Dwyer latest

The Irish Daily Star leads with a ‘Dwyer Murder Exclusive’ and witness Darci’s message to tragic Elaine O’Hara’s family. ‘I just want to hug you all’ reads the front page.

6. Varadkar's drug price warning

‘Cut the price of drugs… or else!’ reads the front page of the Irish Daily Mail. The newspaper reports Health Minister Varadkar has warned pharmaceutical firms he’ll force them to make medicines cheaper using legislation if necessary.

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