Monday 23 October 2017

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:

A manhunt is under way for an alleged rapist wanted by three separate police forces who is believed to be on the run in Ireland. Gardai are desperate to track down English teenager Ryan Humpage, who is also wanted by police in England and the PSNI in the North. The English national, who was charged last November in relation to the rape of a 13-year-old girl, is wanted by Lancashire Police after breaching his bail conditions.

There are no plans from Bank of Ireland nor Ulster Bank to cut the interest rates on their standard variable rate mortgages. Even though AIB has signalled it plans to cut rates, its main competitors have remained defiant. Ulster Bank boss Jim Brown told TDs and Senators that its standard variable rate is "not overpriced". And Bank of Ireland chief executive Richie Boucher said that while it keeps rates under review, it couldn't give any commitment.

Bank holiday travellers face transport misery on three fronts, with Irish Rail works and taxi fare increases adding to the chaos caused by the bus strike. Drivers at Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann have planned a series of strikes, over the privatisation of routes, which will shut down the network. Siptu and the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) are planning a 48-hour stoppage tomorrow and Saturday.

A young Irish woman caught up in the Nepal earthquake while attending a festival is departing the country today. Darine Flanagan will return to India with some friends as she continues her backpacking trip. The 22-year-old Galway woman had travelled to Nepal to attend a music festival when the 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck at the weekend. Her relieved family are delighted she is now safe.

A former Goldman Sachs executive has been found not guilty of raping a 20-year-old Irish student at his luxury rental house in the Hamptons. Judge Barbara Kahn said there was a "heavy burden" to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Mr Lee was guilty and the prosecution had failed to do so. Mr Lee, who waived his right to a jury trial, remained motionless as the verdict was read out and he was acquitted of rape, sexual misconduct and assault. He had denied all charges.

Love/Hate creator Stuart Carolan is hoping the series will be well received in the US. Carolan says he’s hoping to recreate the shows success Stateside. “Crime writer Dennis Lehane, who’s adopting Love/Hate, has done major stuff, so if it has any chance of happening, it’s with him,” Carolan told the Herald.

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