Tuesday 20 March 2018

What it says in the papers

Six stories you need to know this morning

Around 300 have been promised superfast broadband in an expansion of the service from a joint venture between the ESB and Vodafone, Adrian Weckler reports in the Irish Independent. The service, which is due to launch this autumn, was originally planned for just 50 large towns but an expansion is already in the works.

The search is continuing for missing Irish student Karen Buckley (24), who went missing after she became separated from friends on a night out in Glasgow, Scotland. Karen, from Mourneabbey near Mallow in Co Cork, has not been seen since the early hours of Sunday when she was at a nightclub in Dumbarton Road in the Scottish city where she is studying.

Grandparents who provide high levels of childcare are more likely to suffer from the signs of depression, according to a major new study. Researchers at Trinity College found grandparents providing over 60 hours' care per month experience significantly more depressive symptoms, Shane Phelan reports in today’s Irish Independent.

On the Irish Daily Mail’s front page today is the story that Cadbury Fingers packs are now smaller. Burton’s Biscuits has trimmed pack sizes from 125g to 114g, a reduction which is equal to two fingers, but the price (€1.80) has stayed the same, the paper says.

Convicted rapist Trevor Byrne has asked to be put back into prison because he believes he cannot abide by the conditions of his release, The Herald reports. Byrne was sentenced to eight years with two suspended in 2011 for attempting to rob a 24-year-old woman 14 hours after being released from prison where he had served a 15-year sentence for raping a woman.

Former president Mary McAleese has said Ireland owes it to people who were “pushed into the shadows” or died by suicide because of outdated views on homosexuality to back next month’s marriage equality referendum, the Irish Examiner reports on its front page.

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