Thursday 23 November 2017

What it says in the papers

Actress Kate Beckinsale on the set of 'Love and Friendship' at Dublin Castle yesterday.
Picture: JOHN DARDIS
Actress Kate Beckinsale on the set of 'Love and Friendship' at Dublin Castle yesterday. Picture: JOHN DARDIS
Willie Walsh
11 Feb 2014; Father Keith Doyle with his daughter Katie, 4, and a photo of his newborn son Bobby, born at home today. Kilnamanagh, Tallaght, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Members of the wedding party leave the church after the shooting this afternoon. Two men have been shot at a wedding in Newtownbutler in County Fermanagh. Photo by Ronan McGrade/Pacemaker Press
Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele and Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey in the film Fifty Shades of Grey (Universal Studios/PA)
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'Aer Lingus takeover: Walsh in 'political' fight for bid' is the main headline on today's Irish Independent.

Willie Walsh
Willie Walsh

John Mulligan reports that British Airways chief Willie Walsh - former boss of Aer Lingus - has offered his strongest assurances yet to Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports that he will maintain air links to Heathrow.

In an interview with the newspaper, the IAG boss insisted the deal isn't dead, and remains certain he can convince the Government to sell its 21.5pc stake in Aer Lingus, as he begins a charm offensive to seal the planned €1.4bn takeover.

"I wouldn't be in Dublin if I didn't believe it was possible," he said.

Mr Walsh is due to discuss the issue before an Oireachtas Committee later today.

Actress Kate Beckinsale on the set of 'Love and Friendship' at Dublin Castle yesterday.
Picture: JOHN DARDIS
Actress Kate Beckinsale on the set of 'Love and Friendship' at Dublin Castle yesterday. Picture: JOHN DARDIS

The 'Irish Independent' also features a picture of actor Kate Beckinsale in full period dress.

The newspaper reports the 'Pearl Harbour' and 'Total Recall' star is filming in Dublin Castle for new film 'Love and Friendship'. The film is based on the novella 'Lady Susan' published after the death of Jane Austen. Actors Chloe Sevigny and Stephen Fry will also feature.

'Wedding Carnage' is the main headline in today's Herald.

The headline appears above a picture of a wedding party leaving a church in Newtownbutler, Co Fermanagh, following a shooting.

Members of the wedding party leave the church after the shooting this afternoon. Two men have been shot at a wedding in Newtownbutler in County Fermanagh. Photo by Ronan McGrade/Pacemaker Press
Members of the wedding party leave the church after the shooting this afternoon. Two men have been shot at a wedding in Newtownbutler in County Fermanagh. Photo by Ronan McGrade/Pacemaker Press

Ken Foy and Sam Griffin report that a wedding guest was shot dead outside the church in an attack believed "to be linked to a bitter Traveller feud".

Barney McGinley - who was in his 60s and from Athlone, Co Westmeath - was "gunned down before the ceremony", the newspaper reports. The wedding went ahead.

A male relative was also shot while another man was stabbed with a machete. The PSNI are continuing to investigate the incident. The wedding party was due to hold a reception in Dublin, but this was subsequently cancelled.

The fatal shooting also dominates the front pages of today's 'Irish Sun', 'Irish Daily Mirror' and 'Irish Daily Star'.

11 Feb 2014; Father Keith Doyle with his daughter Katie, 4, and a photo of his newborn son Bobby, born at home today. Kilnamanagh, Tallaght, Dublin.
Picture: Caroline Quinn
11 Feb 2014; Father Keith Doyle with his daughter Katie, 4, and a photo of his newborn son Bobby, born at home today. Kilnamanagh, Tallaght, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Elsewhere in the 'Herald', a Dublin family have thanked members of the Dublin Fire Brigade for helping deliver their newborn son at their home in Tallaght.

Firemen John Walshe, Martin Guilfoyle and Tom Gallagher arrived at the Doyle family home yesterday morning at 10.29am.

Baby Bobby made his entrance just a minute later.

His parents Keith and Jennifer say they now have an important stop to make on the way home from hospital.

"I'll bring him down to see them at the station," delighted father Keith told the 'Herald'.

Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan (L) talks with his Greek counterpart Yanis Varoufakis during an extraordinary Euro zone Finance Ministers meeting to discuss Athens' plans to reverse austerity measures agreed as part of its bailout, in Brussels
Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan (L) talks with his Greek counterpart Yanis Varoufakis during an extraordinary Euro zone Finance Ministers meeting to discuss Athens' plans to reverse austerity measures agreed as part of its bailout, in Brussels

The 'Irish Examiner' feature the story of how a sex offender held talent show auditions to gain access to children.

Sean Johnson (33), who is originally from Derbyshire, held drama classes and auditions for a talent show in Galway before he was arrested in February 2014.

Charges were dropped two months later after information sought by the DPP requiring the involvement of English authorities was not provided on time.

Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele and Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey in the film Fifty Shades of Grey (Universal Studios/PA)
Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele and Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey in the film Fifty Shades of Grey (Universal Studios/PA)

Galway District Court heard yesterday how Johnson was holding auditions for children on February 1st last year for a talent show for children as young as seven.

He had hired a professional photographer and parents submitted CVs on their children's behalf, as well as accompanying them to the auditons.

Johnson was arrested for violating the terms of his obligations as a registered sex offender.

Yesterday, he was sentenced to ten months in prison for violating the UK court's order.

'Let it be a lesson to everyone, it just shows you how vigilant parents must be when they bring their children to these talent shows," Judge Mary Fahy, sitting at Galway District Court, said yesterday.

Eurozone talks about the future of Greece feature on the front page of today's 'Irish Times'.

A meeting on Greece between European finance ministers broke up in the early hours of this morning as the stand-off between the country and the rest of the Eurozone worsens, Arthur Beesley and Suzanne Lynch report.

Negotiations are expected to continue today and in to the weekend.

And finally, most papers carry a review of the much anticipated 'Fifty Shades of Grey' film.

It seems the film, which stars our own Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, has attracted the ire of critics.

It was never going to be hailed as a cinematic masterpiece - but people are still expected to flock to it after it opens for viewings around the world tomorrow.

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