What it says in the papers
Labour hits the panic button ahead of Friday's elections; medical card loss for three year-old girl with brain tumour; hero 11 year-old boy
The Irish Independent says Labour has hit the panic button ahead of Friday’s elections. Ministers and TDs are now accepting Labour is facing a wipeout in the polls. An emergency conference of TDs and grassroots members is to be called immediately after the vote, to assess the Party’s role in Government.
The paper’s front page features three-year-old Aoife Keogh who was diagnosed with a brain tumour a year ago. Last month, as her mother Carly bought her medicine in the local pharmacy, she discovered that the HSE had cancelled her daughter’s medical card without telling her. Health officials claim to have no record of a letter sent in January confirming the card was being renewed.
The Herald says the housing crisis in Dublin is close to a “full blown epidemic”, Fergus Finlay of Barnardos has said. He has called on the Government to open up empty hotels for families as the crisis intensifies. Pregnant mum-of-two Tami Cronin said her son was taken to hospital over her concerns about their damp living quarters.
The Irish Daily Mirror says Charley Cullen (11) saved his grandad’s life thanks to skills he learned playing Grand Theft Auto. The boy swung into action when driver Finn (79) blacked out in his car in Slane, Co Meath.
The Irish Daily Mail says families with septic tanks could get their water for half the price paid by urban dwellers. The cost of dealing with “waste water” will make up half of every household’s forthcoming water bill, Irish Water said.
The Irish Examiner says a generation of Irish children could grow up in emergency accommodation because of a new wave of families becoming homeless due to the housing crisis. The problem is most acute in Dublin but it’s also evident in Cork, Limerick and Thurles.
Meanwhile, rape support services are facing an unprecedented funding crisis, with one of the country’s biggest centres forced to shut its doors because it cannot pay its staff. Rape Crisis Mid-West is to close its Ennis and Nenagh centres for a month, possibly longer, while it tries to balance its books after six years of cuts in state grants.
The Irish Sun says a baby girl was taken away from her Irish parents because Portuguese cops thought they were too “drunk” to look after her. The 14-month-old was put into care by authorities in Albufeira on the Algarve.
The Irish Times says the two Coalition parties will suffer significant losses in the local elections on Friday, according to the paper’s latest poll. Support has surged for Sinn Fein and Independents with Fianna Fail support holding up well compared to the last local election.
Meanwhile, cabin crew at Aer Lingus may stage further stoppages after their planned strike over the rosters later this month. The planned 24-hour strike by cabin crew will take place on Friday, May 30th.
The Irish Daily Star says a convicted robber is to appear in court this morning charged with carjacking a mum and her kids. Francis ‘Franco’ Gavigan (41) was arrested yesterday to appear before Dublin District Court this morning charged with the carjacking in Dublin last Friday.