Wednesday 11 December 2019

What it says in the papers

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Islamic State extremists have beheaded a second American journalist and made a video recording of the bloody murder. The family of Steven Sotloff (31) said authorities are working to verify the video.

In two more batches of Kennedy letters which are being auctioned, Bobby Kennedy admitted that as a teenager he was dazzled by the charisma of his older brother.

Bobby admitted he lacked the “Kennedy charm” which John F Kennedy was so noted for when it came to girls.

Health Minister Leo Varadkar and Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan have issued separate “no more cuts” warnings. The Cabinet meets today for the first time in five weeks.

Major reforms are on the way to protect both foreign students and Ireland’s reputation as an education destination after a series of embarrassing school closures amid claims of poor standards and visa abuses. The English in Dublin School, the seventh school to close this year, announced yesterday it was going into voluntary liquidation.

Child protection is not considered “hard edge” investigation work within the gardai – and those involved are known as “cardigan guards”, the Ombudsman for Children has said. Emily Logan said this was demonstrated in the high-profile Roma controversy last year.

A dangerous form of meningitis, which was on the brink of elimination due to vaccination, has made a return in the last six months, a new report has warned. A booster vaccine will be given to first-year students in secondary school for the potential killer C strain of bacterial meningitis has returned.

Ray D’Arcy has spoken of his panic when his two-year-old son got trapped in a lift while the family were on holiday in Spain. D’Arcy’s toddler Tom was finally freed after a traumatic 15 minutes.

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