Friday 19 January 2018

What it says in the papers

Michael Noonan with Greece’s Yanis Varoufakis at an EU finance ministers meeting yesterday. Inset, the swelling and bruising around Mr Noonan’s left eye.
Michael Noonan with Greece’s Yanis Varoufakis at an EU finance ministers meeting yesterday. Inset, the swelling and bruising around Mr Noonan’s left eye.
Michael Noonan with a black eye. Photo: Reuters
Derek Brockwell
With his system out of kilter, Peter Lawrie lost form and confidence, a situation compounded by swing changes he was making. Photo: AFP PHOTO
Peter Lawrie
The queue for the Hole in the Wall bar early on DONEGAL TUESDAY Photo: Andrew Downes
England head coach Stuart Lancaster
Nadia Forde
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Here are the seven stories you need to know about today.

'Credit unions take on banks with debit cards' is the main headline on today's front page of the 'Irish Independent'.

Charlie Weston reports that eleven of largest credit unions in the State are set to launch debit card services allowing them to compete head-on with the banks.

The move is expected to give some 25,000 people access to to the debit cards by the end of this year.

A picture of Finance Minister Michael Noonan along with Greek counterpart Yanis Varoufakis also appears on the front page.

Earlier this week, the minister compared himself to Irish rugby hero Johnny Sexton with his black eye.

Michael Noonan with a black eye. Photo: Reuters
Michael Noonan with a black eye. Photo: Reuters
Michael Noonan with Greece’s Yanis Varoufakis at an EU finance ministers meeting yesterday. Inset, the swelling and bruising around Mr Noonan’s left eye.
Minister for Finance Michael Noonan

Today the 'Irish Independent' reports how a hospital consultant contacted the minister after spotting a problem with his eye while watching him on a television interview last week.

Dr James Gray, an A&E consultant in Tallaght Hospital, saw Mr Noonan on RTE News last week and diagnosed a unilateral exopathalmus or proptosis, known as a bulging of the eye.

He sent a message to Minister for Health Leo Varadkar alerting him to the problem.

Mr Noonan underwent eye surgery last weekend - it is not clear if he did so following Dr Gray's advice or if he had already arranged to do so.

Separately, Paul Williams reports on the career criminal who escaped custody after stabbing two prison officers during a hospital visit.

'Security for fugitive who stabbed two officers had been relaxed' is the headline.

Derek Brockwell
Derek Brockwell

Derek Brockwell's escape also makes the front page of today's 'Herald'.

Crime Correspondent Ken Foy writes that a manhunt is now underway for Mr Brockwell (53), described as a "dangerous" inmate.

His escape from Tallaght Hospital is described as "highly organised". One officer is in intensive care after he was stabbed in the stomach, while the second officer is recovering after sustaining stab wounds to his hand. Gardai believe a knife was left in a toilet cubicle to aid Brockwell's escape which occurred at 3.30pm yesterday.

Separately, top Irish golfer Peter Lawrie has told of how quitting coca-cola has affected his game.

With his system out of kilter, Peter Lawrie lost form and confidence, a situation compounded by swing changes he was making. Photo: AFP PHOTO
With his system out of kilter, Peter Lawrie lost form and confidence, a situation compounded by swing changes he was making. Photo: AFP PHOTO
Peter Lawrie

The Irish Daily Star reports that the Dubliner (40) blames his slump on giving up the popular soft drink. He says dropping to 726 in the world came after he stopped drinking "litres" of coke.

"I'd have a coke on the golf course because I was addicted to it,"he said.

The main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Times' reads: 'Family law legislation hailed as 'major step'". The newspaper writes that the bill, due to be enacted by March 24th, provides for adoption by same-sex couples. The guardianship, custody and adoption rights are set to be widened to different family reactions.

The legislation was approved yesterday by the Cabinet.

'Donegal Tuesday' is the front page picture of today's 'Irish Examiner' newspaper.

The picture shows hundreds of students queuing up to get into the 'Hole In The Wall' pub on Eyre Square in Galway.

The queue for the Hole in the Wall bar early on DONEGAL TUESDAY Photo: Andrew Downes
The queue for the Hole in the Wall bar early on DONEGAL TUESDAY Photo: Andrew Downes

Official students' unions in NUI Galway and GMIT have distanced themselves from unofficial RAG week events which are taking place in the city this week.

In sport, the 'Irish Independent' carries a story about English rugby coach Stuart Lancaster.

Ruaidhri O'Connor writes that the coach has warned his players that "only their best will do" ahead of their Six Nations clash against Ireland on Sunday week.

England head coach Stuart Lancaster
England head coach Stuart Lancaster

England have scored wins over Italy and Wales, and Ireland have also enjoyed wins over Italy and France.

"Australia broke them down in November, but only through exceptional attack, and that's what it's going to need to be in Ireland next weekend," he warned.

Finally, model Nadia Forde's posterior graces the front page of today's 'Irish Sun'.

The 'I'm A Celebrity' star is currently holidaying in Dubai.

Wearing a hot pink bikini, the headline reads 'Who's the beach bum?'

Nadia Forde
Nadia Forde

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