Wednesday 21 February 2018

What it says in the papers

The front page of today's Irish Independent.
The front page of today's Irish Independent.
The sports page of today's Irish Independent.

The killing of researcher Tom O'Gorman still dominates the front pages of today's papers as the man charged with his murder tells the court, 'I am guilty'. Here are today's top 10 news stories.

1. The face of Saverio Bellante (34), the man charged with the murder of his landlord Tom O'Gorman is on the majority of this morning's national papers. A hushed court were told yesterday morning how the Italian man accused of murdering Mr O'Gorman calmly rang the Gardai and admitted the killing, reports the Irish Independent - as well as the Irish Examiner and the Irish Sun.

2. The Herald reports on the tragic story of a young boy (3) who died in a lift shaft in Galway city yesterday evening. The boy was crushed in a freak accident, causing severe blood loss. The story is also on the front page of the Irish Examiner, Irish Daily Mail, Irish Sun and Irish Daily Mirror.

3. Transport Minister Leo Varadkar has predicted commuter chaos within weeks. He believes 100,000 people will be hit by an 'inevitable' rail strike. Daniel McConnell and Jerome Reilly have the story on the front page of today's Irish Independent.

4. Developments on the 'Irish Water' story also dominate this morning's front pages. The Irish Examiner reports that the coalition have paid close to €10m to outside consultants to carry out more than 200 reports on policy issues since they came to Government in March 2011.

5. Meanwhile, the Irish Independent reports that the Irish Water contracts never went to tender. Four major contracts were awarded by Irish Water without being put out to public competition. The company used exemptions in EU procurement rules to award contracts for computer services to four suppliers already working for parent company Bord Gais.

6. And the Irish Times lead this morning's paper with the news that the Government plan to open Irish Water to the Freedom of Information Act. The Government is expected to respond to the controversy of overspending on consultants by opening the new semi-State up to FOI for a limited period only.

7. In sport this morning, almost €2.5m is at stake for Irish rugby this weekend as the four provinces go in search of European progress. There is a full report in the Irish Independent.

8. In golf, Rory McIlroy has hailed the decision to bring the Irish Open back to Fota, Cork, as reported in the Irish Examiner and the Irish Independent.

9. In business this morning, the Irish Independent and the Irish Times report that the Anglo Irish criminal cases could run for several years, the High Court has been told.

10. Finally, in entertainment news this morning, an emotional farewell is set for the cobbles of Coronation Street as the front page of the Irish Daily Mirror reports that Corrie favourite Hayley Cropper chooses to take her own life rather than continue her losing battle with cancer.

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