Friday 23 February 2018

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Flowers at Omeath Garda Station after the murder of Garda Tony Golden. Picture: Mark Condren
Flowers at Omeath Garda Station after the murder of Garda Tony Golden. Picture: Mark Condren Newsdesk Newsdesk

'It's OK, pet, you're safe now, he can't hurt you' - These are the final words that Sean Phillips said to his daughter Siobhan Phillips, the Irish Independent reports this morning.

Adrian Crevan Mackin murdered Garda Tony Golden in a shooting frenzy in a quiet Louth village that has left the young mother of two fighting for her life.

Read more: Exclusive: Family of gun victim Siobhan Phillips speak, revealing how Garda saved her life

Understandably, yesterday's Budget dominates the nationals this morning.

'Cash in our back pockets' is the lead story from the Irish Independent as the paper reflects on the announcemnet from the Coalition that will have put an extra week's wages in the pockets of every voter in the country before going to the polls in the New Year.

Read more: A Budget that rewards those who contributed most during recession

The Herald runs with the line 'Family Guys' as working families could be as much as €2,000 better off after Michael Noonan's giveaway budget.

A similar line from The Irish Times with 'Young families benefit most in budget built to win votes' as the paper reports that the Government has laid the ground for its re-election campaign.

'Paye back' is the front page story from the Irish Daily Mirror which reports that 'generous' Noonan has put a smile on the faces of Irish families. 

Read more: Free GP care on offer to 200,000 more children under 12 years of age from October next year

The Irish Daily Mail also looks to upcoming elections with the headline 'A Taoiseach who's got 1.5 billion reasons to smile' which accompanies a beaming Enda kenny. 

Elsewhere overnight, BBC journalist Sue Lloyd-Roberts has died after a battle with cancer.

The investigative journalist and television reporter underwent chemotherapy having been diagnosed with leukaemia.

Ms Lloyd-Roberts had a stem cell transplant in July aged 62 after being told it was her best chance of survival.

Read more: BBC journalist Sue Lloyd-Roberts dies after cancer battle

An author whose first novel was rejected 70 times has said it was "kind of surreal" to be the first Jamaican to win the coveted Man Booker Prize for fiction.

Marlon James, 44, collected the award for A Brief History Of Seven Killings from the Duchess of Cornwall at a glittering ceremony at central London's Guildhall.

Read more: Marlon James wins the Man Booker Prize with book about attempted assassination of Bob Marley

A man is being sought by police investigating the murder of a 21-year-old roads planner during a night out at a bar.

Detectives have warned members of the public not to approach Shane O'Brien, 27, and to call 999 immediately if they see him.

Josh Hanson, who lived in Kingsbury, suffered a serious neck wound after he was attacked at the RE bar in Eastcote, north-west London, at about 1.10am on Sunday morning. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Read more: Manhunt for man (27) after murder of 21-year-old during night out

A British man jailed in Indonesia for possession of drugs has reportedly been released from prison.

Paul Beales was sentenced to four years in December 2012 in a case which involved three other Britons, one of whom is facing death by firing squad.

Beales was found guilty of illegal possession of cannabis after being arrested with Rachel Dougall and her partner Julian Ponder earlier that year in a sting operation against alleged drug traffickers.

Read more: British man jailed in Indonesia over cannabis haul 'released from prison'

They were held alongside Lindsay Sandiford, from Cheltenham, who was found with cocaine worth about £1.6 million as she arrived on the island three years ago.

Jurors have ordered a US gun store to pay nearly €6m (€5.23m) in a lawsuit filed by two police officers who were shot and seriously wounded by a gun purchased at the shop.

The ruling came in a negligence lawsuit filed by the officers against Badger Guns, a shop in suburban Milwaukee that authorities have linked to hundreds of firearms found at crime scenes.

Read more: Gun shop with links to firearms found at crime scenes ordered to pay millions in lawsuit filed by injured police officers

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton secured unexpected support from chief rival Bernie Sanders over an email scandal during their first debate, helping to defuse an issue that has dogged her campaign

However, the two candidates also clashed over gun violence, an increasingly potent issue after repeated school shootings across the country.

Read more: Hillary Clinton secures unexpected support from chief rival Bernie Sanders over email scandal during first debate

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