Saturday 18 November 2017

What it says in the papers

Joan Burton
Joan Burton
Paschal Donohoe speaking to the media on the proposed sale of Aer Lingus, on the Plinth at Leinster House yesterday. Photo: Frank McGrath
Malcolm Macarthur
Malcolm MacArthur in Arklow..KOB....14/11/11
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Here are the seven stories you need to know about.

'Children of past pupils to be curbed in schools' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Independent.

Joan Burton
Joan Burton

Katherine Donnelly reports that schools "will face severe restrictions on the number of places they can reserve for children of past pupils, despite a Supreme Court decision supporting the 'parent rule'".

Currently there is no limit on schools when it comes to allocating places to children of past pupils, but draft legislation proposes capping it at 25pc.

Paschal Donohoe speaking to the media on the proposed sale of Aer Lingus, on the Plinth at Leinster House yesterday. Photo: Frank McGrath
Paschal Donohoe speaking to the media on the proposed sale of Aer Lingus, on the Plinth at Leinster House yesterday. Photo: Frank McGrath

'Burton hints at election campaign link with Fine Gael' is the headline on the second story on the front page.

Labour leader Joan Burton has strongly hinted at "an election campaign link between Fine Gael and Labour as both parties seek a return to Government", John Downing writes.

Malcolm Macarthur
Malcolm Macarthur
Malcolm MacArthur leaves the High Court in July 1983
Detectives bundle a hooded Malcolm Macarthur into a patrol car to be dispatched to Mountjoy Jail.
Malcolm MacArthur in Arklow..KOB....14/11/11
Nurse Bridie Gargan (29) who was murdered by Malcolm Macarthur

"I think both parties are going before the electorate as separate parties. But we'll be going as a government of achievement, where we want to carry that achievement forward into the next period," she said in an exclusive interview with the newspaper.

'The €300m gamble' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Herald'.

"The Government has taken a €300m gamble and grounded the Aer Lingus deal... for now," reports Niall O'Connor.

The newspaper reports that Transport minister Paschal O'Donoghue has rejected IAG's proposal to buy Aer Lingus in a bid to play 'hardball' and is understood to be holding out for the best deal possible.

The Government owns a 25pc stake in the airline.

'I fear for my life' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Sun' and is about notorious double killer Malcolm MacArthur.

MacArthur (70), who killed nurse Bridie Gargan and farmer Donal Dunne, was freed in 2011 after serving 30 years in prison.

He has recently gone to gardai after receiving a poison pen letter in the post and now reportedly fears for his life.

'Life expectancy rose in boom years, especially for the well-off' is a headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Times'.

New research shows that the wealthiest groups in society enjoyed "disproportionate gains" in life expectancy and reductions in death rates during the Celtic Tiger years.

The research also found that male manual workers were "almost four times more likely to die from external causes such as accidents, poisonings, assault and suicide as professionals".

'16 teachers suspended for co-operating with JobBridge' is one of the main headlines on the front page of today's 'Irish Examiner'.

A teachers' union has suspended the teachers for periods of up to five months after it found they had co-operated with the Government scheme despite having a ban in place. The suspensions have taken place over the last two years.

The Irish National Teachers' Organisation (INTO) introduced a directive prohibiting its 35,000 members from co-operating with the scheme in December 2011.

'We bash bookies for 500k' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Daily Star'.

The newspaper's tipster Mark 'The Couch' Winstanley tipped four winners at an astonishing 2,752 accumulator odds - and they all romped home at Lingfield in England.

His tips helped the newspaper's readers scoop half a million euro.

'Jail cash gave my girl's killer dream life' is the main story on the front page of today's 'Irish Daily Mirror'.

Donal Kealy's daughter Catherine was strangled to death by Anthony Kelly who was released in 2007.

Shortly after his release, he married a woman he met while serving his sentence.

Mr Kealy says the "prison pocket money" Kelly received while serving his sentence for Catherine's death "must have helped" in his new life.

"It's a pure joke what prisoners are allowed to do today," he added.

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