Saturday 25 January 2020

What it says in the papers

Rory McIlroy's new dedication to the gym; Ger Dundon in X Factor auditions; Private sector workers; college choices for Leaving Cert students

The Irish Independent reveals that the secret behind Rory McIlroy’s astonishing run of success is a new-found dedication to the gym. The bulked-up superstar acquired an extra 6.5 pounds in muscle mass over the past eight weeks.

Meanwhile, almost half of all students are sorry about the choices they make after leaving school and many feel ill-prepared for college, work and adult life, according to new research. Relationships with teachers and being encouraged to have high aspirations have emerged as key factors in how school-leavers fare afterwards.

A Fine Gael minister has moved to reassure 1.6m private sector workers they won’t be left behind as the economy improves. Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe’s pointed emphasis on spreading the benefits of recovery across society came after Public Spending Minister Brendan Howlin announced talks are to take place on reversing pay cuts in the public sector made during the economic crisis.

The Herald says a drugs suspect who threw two suitcases of cocaine out of a hotel window in Spain has links to a major Dublin drugs gang, it is believed. Gardai are investigating if the 39-year-old  Irishman arrested after the incident is connected to a west-Dublin mob known for the importation of cocaine and heroin.

The Irish Examiner says Enda Kenny is facing pressure from German politicians, businesses and campaigners to scrap plain packaging tobacco proposals, with one group warning the plan could threaten Ireland’s recovery. Mr Kenny has received a letter signed by 27 MEPs with “concerns” about the plans.

The Daily Mail says pubs and nightclubs are being urged against targeting Leaving Certificate students with drink promotions. Alcohol Action Ireland’s plea comes as more than 55,000 are due to get their results tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Hollywood star Brendan Gleeson has revealed he was molested by a Christian Brother in primary school. “It was just one of those things where something odd happened,” the actor said, according to The Irish Sun.

The Irish Daily Mirror says gangland mobster Ger Dundon auditioned for the X Factor live auditions this week. The lardy Limerick mobster, who was freed from jail in January, partied at the TV talent show in London while his three brothers serve life.

The Irish Daily Star says boxing promoter Frank Moloney, who is now known as a woman Kellie, is in talks to go into ‘I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here’. Kellie went public at the weekend, revealing that she was already part of the way through a body transformation.

The Government is to establish a working group next month to review the State’s controversial direct provision system for asylum seekers, The Irish Times says. Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said issues such as welfare payments for adults and children, restrictions to third-level education and supports for children will be among the issues to be examined.

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