Saturday 17 March 2018

What it says in the papers

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

Six stories you need to know this morning:

Thousands of people with loans from moneylenders could be in line to have their borrowings wiped out and get compensation. It follows a case won by a Donegal couple who took on the State's largest moneylender through the financial services ombudsman. They had loans from Provident Personal Credit, but were illegally offered new loans before they paid off the old ones.

A leading rural figure has warned someone will be shot "defending their property" unless there is a crackdown on raids. Former Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) president Padraig Walshe - a victim of rural crime at his farm in Durrow, Co Laois - has called for action to stop criminality which is "plaguing" towns, villages and isolated homes. It comes as the latest available figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show there were 420 crimes a month reported on farms throughout the country in the first six months of 2014.

The treatment of Clerys workers in the wake of the iconic store’s closure has been branded “despicable” and “appalling”, the Herald reports. Gerry Markey, who had worked in the store since 1981, said: “It’s despicable, giving people such short notice and telling them they no longer have a job. It’s wrong.” Jobs Minister Richard Bruton criticised what he called “poor communications” surrounding Friday’s closure.

Online takeaway service Just Eat has begun a probe into the practice of restaurants operating multiple accounts, which they could be using to distance themselves from negative reviews. The Irish Times reports that dozens of restaurants are using aliases on a website – with some businesses registered under five different names. A Just Eat spokesperson told the The Irish Times that an audit is underway and that all the suspected accounts have been suspended.

Independent TD Finian McGrath has described how he helped to prevent a man taking his own life on the railings of Leinster House yesterday. The TD said the man, who was an abuse victim, was very distraught and that at least four people were required to help him save his life.

Zayn Malik was last night rumoured to be rejoining One Direction after a spate of mystery internet postings, the Irish Daily Star reports. Rumours were sparked after his photo reappeared on the group’s website. The Twitter hashtag zayniscomingback began trending worldwide.

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