Sunday 15 December 2019

While you were sleeping - all the stories you may have missed overnight

The bodies of Sian Blake and her two children were found in the family home in Kent last week. Photo: PA
The bodies of Sian Blake and her two children were found in the family home in Kent last week. Photo: PA Newsdesk Newsdesk

'40,000 babies to be born in 'high risk' hospital' is the front page story from the Irish Independent this morning as the paper reports that the health watchdog found patient welfare was at 'high risk' in Holles Street because of poor hygiene controls and overcrowding.

Meanwhile, coverage of the funeral of David Byrne - who was gunned down at the Regency Hotel earlier this month - is the lead piece from The Herald as it reports that two hitmen suspected of murdering Eddie Hutch in apparent retaliation have been warned of an imminent threat on their lives.

Read more: Priest calls for a 'hero' to end gangland bloodshed

Many of the nationals lead with this funeral which was held at St Nicholas of Myra Church on Francis Street yesterday.

'End the bloodshed' was the call from Fr Niall Coghlan at the mass, writes the Irish Daily Mirror, as the priest begged for an end to the bloody fued consuming the capital.

The Irish Sun commented on the coffin and 11 limousines used on the day with 'Bling out your dead' as David Byrne was laid to rest in a €20,000 coffin.

Read more: 'Monk' didn't know of plan to hit gang at the Regency

'Mass murder' is the line from the Irish Daily Star which reports that Freddie Thompson has warned of even more bloodshed as a result of 34-year-old Byrne's death.

While the Irish Examiner also covered this story on the front page, the paper also made last night's leaders debate prominent.

'Kenny finally ends speculation of doing deal with FF' writes the paper as the Taoiseach finally ruled out going into government with FF afetr the general election.  

Read more: FG concerned 'erratic' Kenny damaging party election hopes

The Irish Times also cover both of these stories with 'No winner in TV debate but smaller parties fare the best' the top line for the leaders debat, thw second televised as part of the 2016 general election campaign.

In world news, Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes has returned to Paris, saying he feels a "sacred" responsibility to finish the band's show that was interrupted by gunfire.

Islamic extremists massacred 89 people at the band's November 13 performance at the Bataclan, which has been closed since the attacks across the French capital that left 130 dead and 350 others wounded.

Read more: Eagles of Death Metal frontman back in Paris to finish show

One year after a commuter was racially abused by Chelsea supporters as he tried to board a Paris Metro train, he says he is ready to speak to the London club's fans if they talk to him.

Souleymane Sylla, has accepted an invitation from Paris Saint-Germain to watch the Champions League tie between the two sides in the French capital.

Read more: Man racially abused on Paris metro ready to speak to Chelsea fans at match

The boyfriend of EastEnders actress Sian Blake is expected to make his first appearance before the Old Bailey charged with murdering her and their two children.

Hairdresser Arthur Simpson-Kent, 48, is accused of killing Ms Blake and her sons Zachary, eight, and four-year-old Amon between December 12 and December 16 last year.

Read more: Boyfriend of murdered EastEnders actress Sian Blake due in court

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