Saturday 21 April 2018

What it says in the papers

Jamie Heaslip looks on during Ireland's training at Carton House yesterday. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Jamie Heaslip looks on during Ireland's training at Carton House yesterday. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Karl Breen
Bruce Springsteen.
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Here are the seven stories you need to know about today.

'Drink blitz sees bottle of wine rise to €9 minimum' is one of the lead stories on today's front page of the 'Irish Independent'.

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Health Correspondent Eilish O'Regan reports that a bottle of wine would cost a minimum of €8.80 and a can of beer at least €2.20 under proposals aimed at outlawing cheap alcohol sales.

The move is part of Health Minister Leo Varadkar's vow to end the sale of cheap drink which he believes is fuelling the nation's drink problem.

However, the law stops short of banning drinks sponsorship of sporting events.

The newspaper also carries an image believed to be of captured Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh in front of armed men. The still image is from an undated video published on the internet yesterday that showed the pilot being burned alive. 'Revulsion as pilot is burned alive by ISIL' is the headline.

Today's Herald carries a story on convicted killer Karl Breen who was found dead yesterday in an apartment in the north of Dublin city.

Breen (34), dubbed the 'Champagne Killer', is believed to have died from a suspected drugs overdose.

Karl Breen in an image on a Facebook account
Karl Breen in an image on a Facebook account
Karl Breen in an image on a Facebook account
Karl Breen
Karl Breen pictured after his sentencing in 2007

He was found dead in an apartment in Finglas yesterday.

The 'Irish Daily Star',  'Irish Sun' and 'Irish Daily Mirror' also carry reports on his death.

Bruce Springsteen.
Bruce Springsteen.
Bruce Springsteen with his Wife Patti Scialfa during his show in the RDS

'The Herald' also reports that Bruce Springsteen will play two dates at Croke Park this summer.

Joyce Fegan writes the singer's shows will be announced this Friday. His two gigs will follow a concert by The Script on June 20th.

'Government urged to be prudent on economy' is one of the headlines on the front page of today's 'Irish Times'.

The Central Bank has urged the Government to maintain a "prudent" fiscal stance ahead of the General Election in 2016.

The Government is being urged to keep cutting the structural deficit.

The warning comes as tax revenues rose €460 million in January compared to the same month last year. Yesterday, the National Treasury Management Agency raised some €4 billion in 30-year bonds.

The 'Irish Examiner' reports on how a charity in Cork is planning to make dreams come true for children whose parents cannot afford to buy them a new dress or suit for their Communion.

Cork Penny Dinners is asking the public to donate dresses, suits, or any accessories, new or second-hand, to a less fortunate child.

A Facebook page set up on Monday has already led to some 20 outfits being donated.

The charity says the public response to it's scheme has been "phenomenal".

And today's 'Irish Independent Sport' reports how Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip is now a major doubt Saturday's 'Six Nations' clash against Italy.

He did not take a full part in Ireland's training session at Carton House yesterday, reports Ruaidhri O'Connor.

Jamie Heaslip looks on during Ireland's training at Carton House yesterday. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Jamie Heaslip looks on during Ireland's training at Carton House yesterday. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Jamie Heaslip has not trained fully since coming into the Ireland camp as he continues to recover from a shoulder injury sustained when playing for Leinster. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Jamie Heaslip is relishing Ireland's battle with Italy in Rome. Photo: INPHO/Morgan Treacy
Jamie Heaslip
3 February 2015; Ireland's Jamie Heaslip looks on during squad training. Carton House, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

It's understood he took a limited part and was seen leaving the session before the rest of his team-mates.

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