Friday 19 January 2018

What it says in the papers

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

Health Minister Reilly's humiliation and mass baby graves at mother-and-baby homes lead this morning's front pages.

‘Reilly humiliated and on brink of being fired’ reads the front page of today’s Irish Independent. The newspaper reports the health minister to have admitted the handling of the medical card issue was a ‘disaster’.

The second story on the front page reads ‘Nuns told to assist in mass baby grave investigation’. The paper reports that the Archbishop of Tuam has told an order of nuns that they have a moral obligation to engage with the inquiry into how 796 children died and were buried in a mass grave.

‘GPO girl ‘back in Ireland’’ reads the front page of The Herald. The Australian woman, who sparked a garda investigation as the ‘mystery GPO girl’ last year, has allegedly returned to the country to work as an au pair.

‘Baby homes death rate up to 50pc’ reads the front page of the Irish Examiner. The article reads that children who died in three mother and baby homes run by religious orders died of ‘preventable illnesses and, at worst, infanticide’.

‘Exchequer returns signal scope for easier 2015 budget’ reads the front page of the Irish Times. May figures show Government taking in more tax than foreseen and paying less, the newspaper reports.

The Irish Daily Mail leads with ‘Now Reilly is blaming Labour for the medical card fiasco’. Families are ‘still in limbo’ reads the paper, but the minister apologises to Fine Gael colleagues and ignites coalition tension.

‘Lucky punter scoops €12million Lotto jackpot’ reads the front page of the Irish Daily Mirror. Is it you? The winning ticket was bought in the north-west of the country.

The Irish Sun continues with its ‘Bieber exclusive’ today as the front page reports Bieber’s apology after singing crude song with the ‘n-word’. ‘I sang this... I’m sorry’ reads the front page.

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