Monday 18 December 2017

While you were sleeping: Stories you may have missed overnight

Baltimore police officers stand outside of the courthouse as demonstrators protest in response to a hung jury and mistrial for Officer William Porter
Baltimore police officers stand outside of the courthouse as demonstrators protest in response to a hung jury and mistrial for Officer William Porter

An Air India maintenance technician has died after being sucked into an aircraft engine at Mumbai Airport.

Air India chief Ashwani Lohani said the horrific accident happened when the plane, full of passengers for a flight to Hyderabad, was being moved from an airport gate.

He said a pilot misinterpreted a signal and switched on the plane's engine and the maintenance crew member standing nearby was sucked into the engine and killed instantly.

READ MORE: Air India worker sucked into plane's engine in front of passengers

Finance ministers from the United Nations Security Council's 15 powers are poised to adopt a resolution aimed at disrupting the Islamic State (IS) terror group's earnings from oil and antiquities sales, ransom payments and other criminal activities.

READ MORE: UN moves to block IS funds from oil sales

IS is already subject to UN sanctions under resolutions dealing with al Qaida. But the proposed resolution, sponsored by the United States and Russia, elevates IS to the same level as al Qaida, reflecting its split from al Qaida and the growing threat it poses especially in the Middle East and North Africa.

Authorities in Baltimore have appealed for calm after the first effort to convict an officer over the death of a man in a police van ended with a hung jury and a mistrial.

Crowds protested along streets in the Maryland city lined with police but the situation was quiet at the junction where the worst rioting happened in April as parts of West Baltimore were set on fire.

William Porter's mistrial is a setback for prosecutors trying to respond to a population frustrated by violent crime and allegations of police misconduct.

Murders have soared and the pressure on authorities has been unrelenting since Baltimore City State Attorney Marilyn Mosby charged six police officers over the death of Freddie Gray, 25.

Closer to home, the Irish Independent leads with the story on pre-election promises made by political parties. Labour have upped the ante on Fine Gael in the war over low-paid voters, by pledging to increase the minimum wage by more than €2 per hour if elected to government.


READ MORE: Labour: We'll hike minimum wage by €2 an hour

The paper also covers the story that any adults who are caught smoking in cars in which children are travelling will face fines of €100. The long- awaited regulations will be revealed today - one year after the law was passed.

READ MORE: €100 fine if caught smoking in car with children

The Herald leads with the story that a gangster nabbed with €50k of heroin is also selling Christmas trees this year. The story reveals that Brian Collopy (43), who remained in custody this morning, has been selling Christmas trees from outside his home for as little as €25.

READ MORE: Criminal caught with heroin is selling Christmas trees too

The Irish Daily Mail leads with the news that it could be the end for the humble gas cooker. The paper reports that climate change targets means that homes will be forced to use green energy. Like all the other papers, the Mail also covers the funeral of the fiance of Downton Abbey actress Michelle Dockery. Mr John Dineen was buried in his native Cork yesterday.


Cranberries star Dolores O'Riordan also features heavily in the papers this morning. The singer makes the front of the Irish Daily Mirror, the Irish Daily Star and the Irish Sun as her alleged 'air rage' case washeard in Co Clare.

The court heard that the singer made two bids to escape from custody after she was taken from the plane at Shannon Airport. The court also heard she told cops: 'You can't arrest me. I'm an icon. I'm the Queen of Limerick'.

READ MORE: 'I'm queen of Limerick' - O'Riordan in air rage row

The Irish Examiner reports that there is €150m shortfall warning for the HSE budget. The Health agency claims were made as €13bn service plan was published yestreday.

Finally, the Irish Times leads with the story that AIB is to repay€1.62bn to the State as first return of bailout funds. The paper reports that the initial repayment for the taxpayer assistance will balance exchequer books for 2015.

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