Sunday 19 January 2020

What it says in the papers

Today's front page
Today's front page

Leaving Certificate results; Murder report by Inspector of Prisons; actor Robin Williams' final moments; Iraq

A man who killed his mother by stabbing her 19 times while high on drugs should have been in custody at the time, the Irish Independent says. A blunder by gardai meant Celyn Eadon (22) was free to commit murder, a report by the Inspector of Prisons, Judge Michael Reilly, reveals.

Meanwhile, record numbers of Leaving Certificate candidates who pushed themselves to take ‘honours’ maths have been rewarded in today’s results. An unprecedented 14,326 students sat the higher-level exam, almost double the number who took it before the 25-point incentive for a minimum grade D was rolled out in 2012. And the gamble paid off for the 96pc of those candidates who achieved at least a D grade.

The paper also features a front page photo of a displaced child from the minority Yazidi sect fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State rides a donkey away from Sinjar Town in Iraq and towards the Syrian border.

The Herald says the last known moments of Robin Williams’ life have been revealed by officials in the US. The actor was discovered by his “distraught” personal assistant after he failed to answer his door, and she called emergency services. Williams (63) was last seen alive by his wife Susan Schneider at around 10.30pm on Sunday night before she went to bed.

The GAA has urged the two sides in the rail dispute to go back to the table for talks and to “see sense” over strikes scheduled for the All-Ireland final matches, according to the Irish Daily Mail. The National Bus and Rail Union and SIPTU workers at Irish Rail have announced a series of four-day work stoppages which will coincide with the most important GAA games of the year.

The Irish Sun said defence minister Simon Coveney has told the families of two Irish peacekeepers murdered in 1980 he is determined to get justice now that the suspect is facing extradition from the US. Mahmoud Bazzi, 71, will be deported from the US to his native Lebanon after he dropped his opposition at an immigration court hearing.

Gardai probing the discovery of body parts believe the victim had undergone brain surgery – and that his remains were undiscovered for up to five days. Detectives investigating the suspected murder have been unable to identify the victim since his severed leg was first found at Thorntons Recycling facility in Ballyfermot, Dublin, on July 31.

The Irish Daily Mirror says newly released figures show that five ministerial advisers are cashing in on public pay rules set by their own bosses. Under rules created in 2011, no Government staff member can earn more than €92,000 but various departments have blatantly breached their own guidelines.

The Irish Examiner says a rural resettlement scheme has been inundated with requests from villages wishing to “order” families with children in a bid to keep local schools open. Founder of Rural Resettlement Ireland, Jim Connolly, said homeless families in Dublin desperate for a fresh start could become a vital resource to save rural communities.

The Irish Times says former Minister for Health James Reilly awarded National Lottery grants totalling almost €500,000 to projects in his north Dublin constituency over a three-year period, according to a note prepared by his former officials. Dr Reilly approved 17 grants nationally against the advice of officials, including three based in his constituency and three with links to Mayo, Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s constituency, the briefing note shows.

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