Saturday 26 May 2018

What it says in the papers

Here are the seven stories you need to know about today

Frances Fitzgerald, right, told Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan, to investigate any new evidence about the Provisional IRA
Frances Fitzgerald, right, told Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan, to investigate any new evidence about the Provisional IRA
Jason Doogue, 22, was gunned down on Friday evening.
A Luas travels across O’Connell Street yesterday
Ireland defence coach Les Kiss says that the squad has not been finalised and there are still places up for grabs
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'Garda chief is ordered to reassess IRA threat' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Independent'.

Niall O'Connor reports Garda commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan has been ordered to carry out an urgent report into the activities of the IRA - just months after denying the Provos' existence.

Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan Photo: Steve Humphreys
Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan Photo: Steve Humphreys
Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan ordered the probe
Frances Fitzgerald, right, told Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan, to investigate any new evidence about the Provisional IRA

The commissioner's credibility is now on the line after Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald demanded the IRA threat to be reassessed.

The front page also carries a picture of TV presenter Ciara Doherty, former Irish rugby Fiona Coghlan, Dr Angie Brown, Kathryn Thomas and businesswoman Norah Casey who were launching the Irish Heart Foundation's RED ALERT campaign to raise awareness of the hidden dangers of heart disease. 'Reaching out with a red alert' is the headline.

Jason Doogue
Jason Doogue
Jason Doogue, 22, was gunned down on Friday evening.

'Blasted to death over just €100' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Herald'.

Ken Foy reports that a young man who was shot dead on Friday night was killed in a dispute over €100. It's understood the chief suspect in the murder of Jason Doogue (22) was beaten up by the victim in a row over a small amount of drugs worth just over €100 a number of weeks ago and swore revenge.

A Luas travels across O’Connell Street yesterday
A Luas travels across O’Connell Street yesterday

Gardai were last night continuing to question the suspect, as well a teenage male and a woman in her 30s in connection with the fatal shooting.

'Luas staff prepared to strike' is the other headline. Niall O'Connor reports that Dublin commuters are braced for major travel disruption as Luas drivers are planning a wave of strike action in a row over pay and conditions.

Workers are threatening to walk out in the coming weeks as anger grows over the lack of progress in talks between trade unions and company management

'Cancer survival rate after ten years now 54pc' is the main headline on the front page of the 'Irish Times'.

"The majority of Irish cancer patients survive at least ten years, according to new figures," the newspaper reports, citing a report from the National Cancer Registry.

'Aircoach driver was using iPad on M50' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Daily Star'.

The newspaper reports that an Aircoach driver was sacked after he was seen using his iPad while driving his bus at 100kph on a motorway. Sean Purcell was filmed steering with his elbow on the M50. He told an Employment Appeals Tribunal he didn't think it was an issue for the firm as it wasn't a phone he used.

'World Cup places remain up for grabs, insists Kiss' is the main headline in 'Irish Independent Sport' today.

Ireland defence coach Les Kiss says that the squad has not been finalised and there are still places up for grabs
Ireland defence coach Les Kiss says that the squad has not been finalised and there are still places up for grabs
Les Kiss says the coaching staff remain open-minded to good performances
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt and his assistants Les Kiss and Greg Feek look on during the game

Ruaidhri O'Connor reports that Ireland defence coach Les Kiss says World Cup hopefuls still have a chance to force their way into the squad before Joe Schmidt makes the final decision on his 31-man panel on Sunday.

The coaching staff are retaining an open mind ahead of Saturday's clash with Wales, the last opportunity for players to make an impression on Schmidt

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