Sunday 21 January 2018

What it says in the papers

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

In the headlines: water and sewerage emergencies; tragic Ricky Osagie; Enda Kenny on the top job at the European Commission

Almost 600,000 people have no out-of-hours service to deal with water and sewerage emergencies – despite facing changes from October, the Irish Independent says. Irish Water has admitted  there was no emergency coverage in place outside of business hours and at weekends in six local authorities.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister David Cameron remains hopeful Enda Kenny will change his mind over becoming the next head of the European Commission. The Taoiseach, however, has said he does not see “any circumstance” where Jean-Claude Juncker will not become President of the Commission.

Meanwhile, in The Herald, a friend of tragic Ricky Osagie has told how he tried in vain to save his life. Ricky (13) drowned while trying to save two girls who had got into difficulty while swimming on Friday night at Waterville Hall park in Blanchardstown.

The paper also leads with a photo of smiling RTE newsreader Aengus MacGrianna in his wedding car with his former colleague Anne Doyle – as the pair prepared to walk up the aisle yesterday. Aengus married his partner Terry Gill at Ballymagarvey Village in Co Meath.

The Irish Examiner says the Taoiseach has expressed “sadness” over the suffering of thousands of seriously ill and disabled people, that arose out of the loss of discretionary medical cards, saying a review “got out of hand”.

Meanwhile, a new report shows that more than 80 children were admitted to adult in-patient psychiatric units last year. The Inspectorate of Mental Health Services has said it is “concerned about the high number of children being admitted to adult patient units, although this number has decreased since 2009”.

The Irish Examiner also says exposure to food and everyday electronic, cosmetic, and plastic products containing hormone disrupting chemicals has been linked to a rise in serious illnesses and is costing Ireland €5.8bn a year. A study has linked endocrine disrupting chemicals (ECDs) to a range of cancers, obesity, thyroid problems, genetic effects in children, lowered IQ, and attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). The World Health Organisation sees ECDs as a global threat.

The Irish Daily Mail says pregnant women who live near fields sprayed with pesticides can run more than three times the risk of having a child with autism, a new study has found.

The Irish Times runs a photo of golfer Stephanie Meadow, as she continued her stunning performance at the US Women’s Open at Pinehurst in North Carolina yesterday to take third place on her first professional golf outing.

The paper leads with the story that Eirgrid, the state-owned network company, will move this week to relaunch its contentious upgrade of the regional power network as it seeks to boost public support for the initiative. The company will unveil an underground route for the Grid West element of the project, between points in Co Roscommon and Co Mayo.

Meanwhile, the Law Society has said that cuts to court services around the country have reached an unjustifiable level and now pose a threat to “the very fabric of our justice system”. Some 77 local courts have closed since 2008, while the courts budget was reduced by 40 per cent.

The Irish Daily Star leads with the story that the Mrs Brown’s Boys movie is predicted to smash UK box office records and gross more than €130m – after €1.25m worth of advance tickets were sold.              

The Irish Daily Mirror says a “vicious civil war” is set to hit our streets, after a notorious IRA gang split, gardai fear. The Continuity IRA had a “major falling out” over a bar shooting where innocent people were targeted, the paper says.

The Irish Sun says a search for a student ended in tragedy when his body was recovered from a river in Galway. Family and friends of Sean Igoe, 19, from Lehanagh, Castleblakeny, Co Galway, spent two days searching for him.                                                              

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