Wednesday 22 November 2017

What it says in the papers

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras
Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, right, with finance minister Yanis Varoufakis. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Alexis Tsipras won elections in Greece last month promising to scrap bailout agreements and supervision (AP)
Happier times: Victoria Smurfit and husband Douglas Baxter
Lucy Beale in EastEnders
Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran's Thinking Out Loud has been voted The World's Greatest Love Song in a new poll
Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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

'Greek euro exit looms as Germany rejects deal' is the main headline on today's front page of the 'Irish Independent'.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras
Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras and Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, who have sought an extension of the bailout, realising the inherent weakness of their hand.
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis (R) shakes hands with his German counterpart Wolfgang Schaueble (L) at an extraordinary euro zone Finance Ministers meeting to discuss Athens' plans to reverse austerity measures agreed as part of its bailout, in Brussels February 11, 2015.
Alexis Tsipras won elections in Greece last month promising to scrap bailout agreements and supervision (AP)
Protesters Quinton Radford, Coolock, Pearl Lumsden, Donaghmeade, Ritchie Larkin, Raheny, and Olivia Hanrahan, Donaghmeade, block the traffic on O'Connell Street. Photo: Damien Eagers
Water protesters block the traffic on O'Connell Street in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers
Water Protester Derek Byrne arriving to the high Court in Dublin yesterday. Photo: Collins Courts
Ian Beale, played by Adam Woodyatt, asks his wife Jane, played by Laurie Brett, what happened when his daughter Lucy died during tonight's episode of the BBC One soap EastEnders
Bobby Beale played by Eliot Carrington who was revealed as the killer of Lucy Beale in the BBC One soap, EastEnders

Gavin McLoughlin and Thomas Molloy report on how Eurozone ministers are due to gather in Brussels later today "with relations on a knife-edge following a bitter stand-off between Greece and Germany".

If the talks fail, many analysts are predicting Greece could be forced to leave the euro, throwing markets in financial crisis.

It comes after Germany rejected a six-month extension of its loan agreement with the European Commission and European Central Bank.

However, sources are optimistic that a deal can be reached..

Happier times: Victoria Smurfit and husband Douglas Baxter
Happier times: Victoria Smurfit and husband Douglas Baxter
Victoria Smurfit - whose marriage to Doug Baxter is over.
Victoria Smurfit - one of a long list of Ken Boylan's clients.
Actress Victoria Smurfit attends the Universal, NBC, Focus Features, E! sponsored by Chrysler viewing and after party with Gold Meets Golden held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel
Victoria Smurfit is due at the Golden Globes in Beverly Hills after filming in Vancouver
Victoria Smurfit brought a splash of colour to the night in her Grecian-style wine-coloured dress and also showed off some serious leg bombing .
Louise Kennedy with Victoria Smurfit.
Michael Smurfit Jnr with his wife, Sharon (left) and his cousin, Victoria at the Irish Champions Weekend at the Curragh last Sunday
Victoria Smurfit

The main picture on the front page is of Irish actress Victoria Smurfit and husband Doug Baxter. In an exclusive, Bairbre Power reports that the actress has confirmed their 15-year marriage is over.

The couple have filed for divorce in California, where they live with their three children.

"Doug Baxter and I have filed for divorce in California," Victoria said in a statement issued to the newspaper.

"For 15 years we have been the best of friends and we continue to be, not only for ourselves but for our family. We have always been a tight-knit  family unit and we are both committed to maintaining that and going forward," the statement added.

Water protester Audrey Clancy speaking to media at the High Court in Dublin this morning. Photo: Collins Courts
Water protester Audrey Clancy speaking to media at the High Court in Dublin this morning. Photo: Collins Courts
Water Protester Derek Byrne arriving to the high Court in Dublin yesterday. Photo: Collins Courts
Water protesters block the traffic on O'Connell Street in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers
Protesters Quinton Radford, Coolock, Pearl Lumsden, Donaghmede, Ritchie Larkin, Raheny, and Olivia Hanrahan, Donaghmede, block the traffic on O'Connell Street. Photo: Damien Eagers

'Jailed.... Billed' is the main headline in today's 'Herald'.

Niall O'Connor and Alan O'Keeffe write how five anti-water charges protesters have been sent to jail as councillors John Lyons and Tina McVeigh are told to repay €5,500 for protest leaflets.

The picture used shows a number of protesters outside Mountjoy Prison taken after five people were jailed after they were found in contempt of court after breaching a court injunction.

'RTE bumps Enda for the Eastenders killer' is one of the headlines on the front page of today's 'Irish Daily Star'.

Lucy Beale in EastEnders
Lucy Beale in EastEnders
Ian Beale, played by Adam Woodyatt, asks his wife Jane, played by Laurie Brett, what happened when his daughter Lucy died during tonight's episode of the BBC One soap EastEnders
Bobby Beale played by Eliot Carrington who was revealed as the killer of Lucy Beale in the BBC One soap, EastEnders
Ian Beale with his on-screen daughter Lucy
Hetti Bywater who played Lucy Beale

RTE bosses were forced to delay a live interview with Taoiseach Enda Kenny last night to make way for an Eastenders special which revealed Lucy Beale's killer.

The State broadcaster moved the interview with Mr Kenny to 10pm to show the soap at 9.25pm. The newspaper claims RTE made the switch after 'The Star' informed them of the soap's timing.

The 9.25pm episode of 'Eastenders' was the famous 'Flashback' episode and was a one-off. It showed what happened on the night of Good Friday last year when Lucy died.

We're not going to reveal the killer - but it came as a big surprise to the millions of people who tuned in across Ireland and the UK.

All the papers are reporting on Ed Sheeran playing Croke Park on July 24.

Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran's Thinking Out Loud has been voted The World's Greatest Love Song in a new poll
Ed Sheeran

The singer told 2FM broadcaster Ryan Tubridy that he felt he had to come back to Ireland after playing his VH1 Storytellers' gig in Whelans recently.

"I've never been to Croke Park before but I've heard the most amazing things about it. They don't do too many concerts so I never expected to play there, because one, it's quite a big venue and two, they only do about three concerts a year so it's going to be a great honour to play," the Irish Sun' reported.

'Reilly seeks review over Arthur Cox arrangements with child agency' is one of the main headlines on the front page of today's 'Irish Times'.

The newspaper reports that Minister for Children James Reilly is seeking a review of arrangements between legal company Arthur Cox and Tusla, the Child and Family agency, over the firm's involvement in threatened court action against proposed plain packaging of cigarette packs.

'Now postnatal depression is 'affecting dads'' is the main headline in today's 'Irish Daily Mail'.

The newspaper reports how more than one-in-ten new fathers in Ireland is suffering from postnatal depression.

A new study claims that the condition affects as many as 8,160 of the estimated 68,000 new fathers in Ireland.

'No social workers for 3,000 at-risk children' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Examiner'.

It carries a report claiming some 3,000 children known to be in serious danger have no dedicated social worker.

The figure was first highlighted some six months ago and has remained constant ever since.

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