Thursday 18 January 2018

What it says in the papers

Today's front page of the Irish Independent.
Today's front page of the Irish Independent. Newsdesk Newsdesk

Six stories you need to know this morning.

In Nepal, several Irish people are still missing after the devastating Nepalese earthquake that has claimed the lives of more than 4,000 people and affected millions more. There had been concerns for more than a dozen Irish citizens who were caught up in the destruction originally, according to the Red Cross, but by last night the number of those still unaccounted for was down to at least three. Families from across the country have made desperate pleas for anyone who has seen their loved ones to get in touch.

Thousands queued patiently last night to pay emotional final respects to tragic Irish nurse Karen Buckley, the Irish Independent reports. The north Cork town of Mallow ground to a standstill as enormous crowds gathered to express their sympathy with the Buckley family on the heartbreaking loss of their only daughter. Some had even travelled from Scotland to show their support for the Buckley family, who have endured, as Mourneabbey parish priest Fr Joe O'Keeffe admitted, "every parent's worst nightmare".

The Herald reports that a young Irish couple caught up in the earthquake in Nepal avoided an avalanche after they decided not to go to Mount Everest. Dramatic footage of the devastating avalanche that engulfed Base Camp emerged yesterday. However, Arron Conran (22) and his girlfriend Alex Murphy (25) chose to go on a different trek as Everest was too expensive. “Because they’re on a traveller’s budget they decided to do the Annapurna trail instead – it was a blessing in disguise,” his mother Tina said.

Rock band U2 played hard-ball in negotiations over the controversial purchase of the building adjacent to its recording studio. TDs raised concerns over the sale of the warehouse by the Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) for just €450,000 last year, questioning whether it was undervalued. The property on Dublin's Hanover Quay is used by the band as an ancillary recording studio and to store equipment, the Irish Independent reports.

Health Minister Leo Varadkar told yesterday how he would prefer to lose his Dail seat than see same-sex marriage rejected, the Irish Sun reports. He will be "absolutely devastated" if the Constitutional change is not passed in the May 22 referendum. "I'll be absolutely devastated. It will be worse than losing an election or even losing my seat."

The Star reports that Voice of Ireland winner Patrick Donoghue has revealed he carried the ashes of his late best friend in his pocket when he was on stage during the final show. The singer, who was crowned the champion on Sunday night, carried the ashes of his best friend Mary, who died of a brain tumour almost three years ago. "She was like a second mammy to me and loved me singing for her. I missed her at the after party last night."

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