Sunday 25 February 2018

What it says in the papers

The front page of today's Irish Independent
The front page of today's Irish Independent

Gardai before PAC, Rehab revelations and Bieber busted all in today's newspapers.

1. 'Rehab 'used charity cash to pay for their staff cars' reads the front page of the Irish Independent.  The cars were leased using money from the State, which was issued solely for charity purposes, audit documents show. Along with cars, this money also went on advertising, professional fees, software licence and stationery costs. Rehab has already been put under huge pressure over its use of funds since Alan Shatter revealed its lottery scratch card game made less than €10,000 in profit.


2. In sport, the Irish Independent reports 'Rooney row forces cloak and dagger deal for Mata'. Manchester United's highly unusual use of intermediaries to conclude the Juan Mata deal may have stemmed from their strained relations with Chelsea after last summer's dispute over Wayne Rooney. The team would have likely been turned down flat had they called Chelsea asking for permission to speak to Mata, after being made aware of his desire to leave west London.


3. 'Serial thief shot in face' reports The Herald, as a serial armed robber was left with a "hole in his face and arm" for several days after being shot in a suspected retaliation attack. The man is one of two brothers believed to be behind a spate of armed robberies and hijackings around north Dublin over the last month or so. Sources told the newspaper he was shot in the face as revenge for his alleged part in a burglary at the home of a person with criminal connections.


4. The Herald also reports that the estranged husband of Comrie Cullen is being held by Sydney Police after his wife's throat was slashed. Mr Cullen was fund in a swamp near to the location where Comrie's body was found. He had significant injuries to his torso and arms. Australian Police confirmed he was recovering in hospital and that they were "awaiting medical advice" before speaking with him. Ms Cullen was due in court to fight a legal battle against her estranged husband on the day of the attack.


5. Singer Justin Bieber's arrest for driving under the influence and taking part in a drag race makes the front cover of many of today's tabloids. The Irish Daily Mirror reports 'Bieber in drugs bust'. They report the 19-year-old appeared in a Miami court yesterday after being arrested at around 4.30am. He wore a prison-issued red jumpsuit and was freed on bail. The Canadian popstor was heard saying: "Why the f**k are you doing this?"


6. The Mirror also reports that '29 Irish Water bosses on €100k or more: Bonuses and VHI plans also planned for bigwigs'. Irish Water chief John Tierney is earning €200,000 a year. The breakdown shows that 19 workers get between €100,000 and €125,000, nine get between €125,000 and €150,000 and one, which is Mr Tierney, gets more than €150,000. A total of 183 people working for Irish Water will be paid less than €70,000 a year.


7. 'The billion-dollar brothers' is on the front of today's Irish Examiner along with a large picture of smiling brothers Patrick and John Collison. Their company Stripe has been valued at $1,3bm.  The brothers, both in their twenties and from Limerick, set up Stripe in 2010 with the aim of making it easier to bill a business on the internet. Last year, billions of dollars in payments were processed through the company.  Businesses that are using Stripe vary in size from small companies to the very large, such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York.


8. 'Now it's the Gardai versus Dail Eireann' reports the Irish Daily Mail, as Garda Commissioner 'plans to seek injunction' to stop the PAC hearing a string of sensational claims about penalty points scandal. Public Accounts Committee members feat that Commissioner Martin Callinan may seek a High Court injunction to stop the very busy committee from examining whistleblower claims over alleged penalty points cancellations. Mr Callinan said he believes the proper place for allegations to be addressed was within An Garda Siochana.

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