What it says in the papers: News Edition
Brian Cowen at the Banking Inquiry and Berkeley victim Clodagh Cogley's road to recovery, here's what it says in the papers this morning:
‘Brian Cowen: ‘I am happy that we did what we did’’ reads the front page of today’s Irish Independent. The former Taoiseach’s words at the Banking Inquiry yesterday make the majority of the front pages this morning. The Irish Independent opt for the angle that Mr Cowen said he accepted ‘full and complete responsibility’ for his role in the economic collapse, but he did defend his term as finance minister between 2004 and 2008.
The Irish Examiner reads: ‘Cowen blames all but FF and himself’. The newspaper reads that Cowen blamed the banks, the regulator, the global economic crisis, the opposition, a lack of power, the lack of options and a range of other factors.
The Irish Times leads with: ‘FF did ‘right thing’, Cowen tells inquiry’. The newspaper reports that the former Taoiseach told the inquiry the party paid a ‘heavy price’ for the crash, but the bank guarantee was the ‘most decisive step’ the government could have taken.
The Irish Daily Mail also leads with the inquiry and writes: ‘Cowen: None of my friends are bankers’.
Clodagh Cogley, one of the young students who was injured in the Berkeley balcony collapse, smiles out from the front pages of the Irish Sun and the Irish Daily Mirror. The student is currently in a rehab centre in the United States as she continues to fight devastating injuries on the road to recovery. ‘Clodagh’s smile of hope’ reads the front page of the Irish Sun. The Irish Daily Mirror reads: ‘Clodagh’s smile of courage’.
Finally, the Herald leads with the latest in the search for a missing couple, who are feared murdered. Willie Maghan and Anna Varslavane disappeared in April. Gardai have begun searching along the Dublin-Meath border for their bodies this week. It is feared a Dublin criminal gang murdered the pair and dumped their bodies at a rural location.