Tuesday 20 March 2018

What it says in the papers

The murder of researcher Tom O'Gorman dominates the front pages of today's papers. Here are today's top 10 news stories.

1. Shocked friends are paying tribute to Tom O'Gorman, a journalist and researcher, who had one of his lungs removed in a horrific attack. The gruesome murder has shocked the nation as Saverio Bellante, who was a lodger in Mr O'Gorman's home,  is believed to have called Gardai and calmly explained that he killed a man. He claims that he ate the victim's heart in one of the most shocking crimes in recent memory, reports the Irish Independent - as well as the Irish Times, Irish Sun, Irish Daily Mirror and Irish Daily Star.

2. The Herald reports that journalists will now be allowed to report on family law cases, in a groundbreaking move. Strict rules will be enforced among members of the media as nobody involved will allowed to be publicly identified.

3. Minister for Finance Michael Noonan is believed to be enlisting the support of MEPs for Ireland's debt relief campaign when he meets a select few in Dublin this week. A selection of members of European Parliament will be visiting Dublin as part of their ongoing reporting into the troika, according to the Irish Times.

4. New Ombudsman Peter Tyndall is calling for the launch of a new investigative board into nursing homes and social housing. The Irish Examiner reports that Mr Tyndall is keen to address the 'significant omission' in current legislation, explaining his frustration at some areas being out of the Ombudsman's jurisdiction.  "I'm used to a notion that if a public body is contracting a service, it would come into jurisdiction," he said.

5. The Irish Examiner's Sports section leads with Munster's victory over Gloucester on Saturday, calling for 'Rob Penney's men' to make their mark in the Heineken Cup quarter final.

6. In Irish Independent Sport, Ruaidhri O'connor reports from Castres where Leinster took home the win 29-22. Forwards coach Jono Gibbes said: "We survived and we're alive again. We've got to go back to the RDS and correct a few things from today, but build on a bit of that unity and commitment because I thought those two things got us home in the end.

7. Ireland footballer Aidan McGeady is jetting out to sunny Spain today to start his warm weather training with Everton. He was a major signage during the January transfer window and the deal will keep him at Goodison Park until 2018, reports The Herald. Aidan described it as a 'dream move'.

8. A new STI kit is being sold which can be completed in the comfort of your own home, reports the Irish Daily Mail. The test, which costs approximately €100, is catered to people who are too embarrassed to visit their doctor. It tests for the 10 most common infections and the 'Confidante' test reports that a significant number more men have purchased the kit versus women.

9. In the Irish Sun, it is reported that Michalle McCollum Connolly has broken her silence and revealed how 'stupid' she feels in her situation. She spoke of her guilt at telling her mother she would be jailed for drug trafficking, saying: "I can't believe I did that to her. I nearly killed her with the stress.'

Gardai are praising the new, stricter general attitude to drink driving in Ireland, according to the Irish Daily Star. Just one motorist was caught under the influence of alcohol while driving at a number of Dublin checkpoints this weekend. Assistant Garda Commissioner John Twomey praised the strong Garda presence on the roads, reports the Irish Daily Star.


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