Monday 18 November 2019

What it says in the papers

Six stories you need to know

Six stories you need to know this morning:

Ryanair expects to cut its fares by between 10pc and 15pc over the next two years as the benefits of lower oil prices are passed on to consumers, the Irish Independent reports. Asked by French newspaper 'Le Journal Du Dimanche' whether prices could fall from current levels, the Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary said: "Absolutely, by at least 10pc-15pc over the next two years. In 2016 our average air fare could be at €40. "This will come as we pass on lower oil prices. We will also continue to grow passenger numbers and cut our costs."

A new CAO points system for college entry is set to be introduced for students sitting the Leaving Certificate in 2017. One key change aims to reward students who take higher level papers but narrowly miss a "pass", by awarding points for a mark of between 30-39pc on an "honours" paper. The package of reforms also includes a new scale for converting grades into points, to allow for greater differentiation between CAO applicants when it comes to selection for college courses.

An Irish aid worker in Nepal has told how he narrowly escaped the devastating earthquake that has claimed more than 2,500 lives. Jack Hogan from Ranelagh in Dublin slept out in the open last night for fear of aftershocks. The aid worker works with the Umbrella Foundation, which rescues trafficked children, and its base is around 70km from the epicentre of the magnitude 7.8 quake that hit near the capital Kathmandu on Saturday.

Emotional tributes have been made to the motorsport driver who tragically lost his life in a horrific accident. Dad-of-one Simon McKinley, (34) from Naul, Co Dublin, died when his car went out of control and came to a sudden halt during a race on Saturday. The four-time Irish Hillclimb and Sprint champion was competing in the first event of this year’s competition in Ballyvaughan Co Clare, The Herald reports.

Two men are being hunted by gardai after they were caught sharing more than 17,000 snaps of naked schoolgirls, the Irish Mirror reports. The men, aged 21 and 23, were facilitators of a Facebook page which shared the disturbing images of children as young as 13 engaged in sexual activity, the paper reports.

It is time for the Government to "start spending again", Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin has said as the Coalition prepares to unveil its first Spring Statement. Mr Howlin revealed the Government will begin pumping more money into childcare, education, health and the Gardaí in a move the opposition will see as an attempt to buy the next election. However, the minister insisted any new Government spending or tax cuts would not put the recovery at risk, the Irish Independent reports.

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