Saturday 18 November 2017

What it says in the papers

The emu is missing from a Carlow pet farm.
The emu is missing from a Carlow pet farm.

Rory McIlroy's new girlfriend; missing emu; former Fianna Fail junior minister Ivor Callely; quad crash tragedy

The Irish Independent says NAMA has claimed that bust developer Sean Dunne kept the existence of a Swiss bank account secret. The sensational allegation was made after details of the account – allegedly controlled by Mr Dunne and his wife Gayle Killilea – were unearthed by the State’s bad bank.

Ivor Callely tried to blame a friend and business associate who had taken his own life for the fraudulent invoices the former Fianna Fail junior minister submitted to claim mobile phone expenses, a court has been told. The shocking revelation came as the disgraced politician pleaded guilty to three further fraud charges at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Meanwhile, The Herald leads with the story that a teenager died after the quad bike he was driving crashed on a public road. To add to the tragedy, Kenneth Ryan’s uncle – who works as a fireman – was one of the first to arrive at the scene of the incident.

Meanwhile, a management-supported private equity takeover of Ulster Bank is being considered by Royal Bank of Scotland, the Irish Examiner has said. The broad outline of the deal would see a private equity firm, most likely either KKR or Apollo, take over Ulster Bank, with the current management team led by chief executive Jim Brown staying in place.

The Irish Daily Mail says dog owners face loudspeaker clean-up calls to combat pet fouling on beaches in Lahinch and Kilkee, Co Clare. Beachgoers who descend on Clare this weekend will be greeted by a new high-tech tannoy system, advising them to obey all the beach by-laws and clean up any mess their dogs leave behind.

Golf hero Rory McIlroy has been secretly dating a part-time model for the past five weeks, the Sun has claimed. The new British Open champion, 25, was spotted on a date with a gorgeous former air hostess Sasha Gale, 23, in Belfast.

The Irish Daily Mirror says hundreds of fish were found dead yesterday after chemicals were dumped in Dublin’s Tolka river overnight. The scene was discovered in capital after the water was covered in a bath-like foam. Dublin City Council and Inland Fisheries Ireland have launched a probe into the source of the contaminating material.

The owner of an emu that vanished from a wildlife park at the weekend believes foreign thieves may have stolen the bird to eat it, the Irish Daily Star says. Chris Kavanagh of the Southern County Fishing Resort and Wildlife Park in Carlow said the bird is considered a delicacy in some countries.

The Irish Times leads with the story that international inspectors have accused people working at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 of damaging the wreckage and failing to collect all the remains of the 298 people on board who died.

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