Thursday 22 February 2018

What it says in the papers

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''Designer babies' ban in overhaul of laws on reproduction  is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Independent'.

John Downing writes that the Government will fast-track a law to calm the marriage referendum debate.

Under the proposed law, "parents won't be able to pick the sex of their babies" under new laws governing assisted reproduction.

And a birth mother will not automatically be the legal parents of a child born through surrogacy.

The front page also features a a picture from a scene where retired truck driver Eddie Nugent (64) was murdered on Sunday night.

Gardai at the scene at Harty Avenue in Walkinstown Dublin were a 64-year-old victim was shot dead at his home a murder investigation is under way. Pic Gareth Chaney / Collins Photos
Gardai at the scene at Harty Avenue in Walkinstown Dublin were a 64-year-old victim was shot dead at his home a murder investigation is under way. Pic Gareth Chaney / Collins Photos
Gardai at the scene at Harty Avenue in Walkinstown Dublin were a 64-year-old victim was shot dead at his home a murder investigation is under way. Pic Gareth Chaney / Collins Photos
The scene at Harty Avenue, Walkinstown.
The scene at Harty Avenue, Walkinstown.
The scene in Walkinstown this morning.

Two gardai are seen conducting a forensic examination. The caption reads that gardai believe innocent Mr Nugent was fatally shot in a case of mistaken identity.

The murder of Mr Nugent also features on the front page of today's 'Herald'.

'Gang feud link to Dad's killing' is the headline.

Crime correspondent Ken Foy reports that "gardai are investigating whether a feud between a "new breed" of ruthless gangsters - some just teenagers - led to the murder of the innocent father on the doorstep of his home.

A photograph of Mr Nugent features on the front page of the Irish Daily Star.

"My dad was an innocent man" is the headline.

His son Kieran said: "My father was a very ill man. He had suffered heart attacks and strokes and had just been in bed for 11 days with the vomiting bug and the flu.

"If you hit him he wouldn't even be able to defend himself, let alone shoot him.

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan

"Dad was never involved in any crime. Whoever did this got the wrong man," he said.

A picture of Finance Minister Michael Noonan features on the front page of today's 'Irish Times' newspaper.

Mr Noonan is sporting a swollen eye after undergoing minor surgery over the weekend.

Yesterday, he told reporters: "As you see, I'm imitating Johnny Sexton."

The Minister was in Brussels yesterday to discuss Greece.

The talks between Greece and its international creditors also feature on the front page with the paper reporting that talks have broken down when Athens rejected a proposal to request a six-month extension of its bailout programme as "totally unacceptable".

'Salaries docked to pay property charge' is the main headline in today's 'Irish Examiner'.

The newspaper reports that tens of thousands of homeowners have portions of their salary docked or tax refunds withheld "after failing to pay their property tax".

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Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson
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Some 45,000 homeowners are thought to be affected.

Meanwhile, 'Money in the Bonk' is the main headline in today's 'Irish Sun'.

The newspaper reports that 'Fifty Shades of Grey' - which stars Irish actor Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson - has made more than 1.3m at the Irish box office since it opened on Friday last.

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