Sunday 22 April 2018

What it says in the papers

Leaving Certificate points; GP charges; Gaza truce

The Irish Independent leads with the story that Leaving Certificate students would earn points for getting between 30 and 39pc in higher level papers under a new wave of reforms being discussed by the universities.

And Health Minister Leo Varadkar is planning a small charge for every visit to the family doctor under his free GP care scheme to prevent abuse of the system and clinics being overwhelmed.

And a photo of the first half of yesterday’s All-Ireland senior hurling semi-final between Kilkenny and Limerick also makes the paper’s front page. Limerick’s Sean Tobin and Kilkenny’s JJ Delaney and Cillian Buckley battle through wintry torrents of rain.

The Herald reports that TV host Brian Ormond has denied claims he handed money over to criminal turned debt collector Martin ‘Viper Foley’, the Herald says.

Israeli negotiators are set to return to Cairo today for talks on the Gaza crisis after an agreement was reached on a further 72-hour ceasefire timed to begin at midnight local time, according to The Irish Times.

Former Boyzone star Ronan Keating has revealed he’s moving back to Ireland next year. The singer plans to move back to Ireland with girlfriend Storm Uechtritz in March next year. The couple is making the move despite “that small-country syndrome” and the fact that he believes he’s setting himself up for “the fall”, according to The Star.

The Irish Sun says former boxing promoter Frank Moloney has taken a swipe at “idiots” who criticised his plans to have a sex-change op. The 61-year-old dad of three – who managed tragic Irish Olympic medallist Darren Sutherland – is now living as a woman called Kellie.

The Irish Daily Mail says the end could be nigh for the dreaded ghost estate – as one such development has seen almost €3million worth of houses snapped up by house hunters within days.

Parents of at least 25,000 secondary school students will be hit with €102 per child in water charges from October, placing an extra burden on families already struggling with education costs, according to the Irish Examiner.

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