What it says in the papers
Six stories you need to know
This morning's stories:
- Victims of crime will have a statutory right to question the decisions of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), under new legislation being brought before Cabinet by Justice Minister France Fitzgerald. The new laws will also give victims and families an automatic right to know when criminals are being released from prison. The Irish Independent understands the new Victims Right Bill will have implications for gardaí, and could add another layer of scrutiny over the force.
- Book shops are hoping that the sequel to Harper Lee's 'To Kill A Mockingbird' will prove a summer bestseller. Stores across the country filled their shelves with 'Go Set A Watchman' overnight ahead of its much anticipated release today. Several retailers told the Irish Independent that the hype means pre-orders are above well average.
- The launch of Ireland's new postcode system 'Eircode' has been marred by controversy, with many experts claiming the €27m project is "not fit for purpose", Adam Cullen reports for the Irish Independent. Freight companies, couriers and emergency service operators have all described the initiative as a "waste of time and money. The Eircode website doesn’t have a code for landmarks, including the General Post Office (GPO) on Dublin's O'Connell Street. It also suggested that Shannon Airport was in Co Limerick.
- On the Herald’s front page today: A violent Dublin feud spilled onto the streets yesterday which later led to chaotic scenes in the accident and emergency unit of a hospital. Two men remained in garda custody last night while another three men were hospitalised after the chaos broke out in front of dozens of onlookers, including children, on a busy main street in Drogheda shortly before midday. Among the three men hospitalised was Clifford Whitehouse (inset), whose brother Benny was shot dead last September.
City of Berkeley building inspectors have made a series of recommendations to prevent a tragedy such as the balcony collapse last month ever happening again. The inspectors recommended that all exterior, elevated wooden balconies, or any parts of those balconies exposed to weather, be expected within six months and then every five years by a builder, engineer, architect or structural pest control licensee, the Irish Times reports. The inspections should rule out “hazardous dry rot, fungus, deterioration, decay, or improper alternation” and determine that the balconies are safe, the inspectors said.
Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said people who were filing personal debt cases no longer faced prison sentences under new legislation. The number of people declaring themselves bankrupt in court surged by more than 500pc last year. New figures from the Court Service of Ireland revealed 448 people were ruled bankrupt in 2014, with just 16 on foot of applications by creditors. Some 432 were initiated by the person in debt, up 568pc since 2013.