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Saturday 24 February 2018

What it says in the papers

Today's papers are dominated by both Michael Flatley's €400,000 overnight raid at his Castlehyde mansion in Cork and the Justice Minister Alan Shatter's

The Irish Independent leads with Paul Melia's coverage of Irish Water's ongoing financial controversy. Council staff who are no longer needed will still be paid a salary, due to agreements made between Irish Water and the local authorities.

Following this is the news that Michael Flatley's Castlehyde mansion was raided last night while he, his wife Niamh and son Michael Jnr slept. The thieves escaped with valuables and African rhino horns, which is believed to have been the target of the theft, worth an estimated €400,000.

In sport, the IRFU has landed a €20m kit deal with Canterbury to last six years. It marks the biggest of its kind in Irish sport and is providing a boost to the union after dishing out big money during contract negotiations to keep Jamie Heaslip and Sean O'Brien in six figures.

The Herald leads with revelations of a suspected double killer's plot to murder four rivals on the same night. It is reportedly intended to mimic an episode of Breaking Bad in which four prison inmates were killed at four different facilities at the same time.

The Irish Times also covers Minister Shatter's transfer of the penalty points inquiry to the Garda Ombudsman.

It leads with three former senior gardai who have published a comprehensive evaluation of the Smithwick tribunal 's conclusions, by Conor Lally. They have said the tribunal wasn't grounded in facts and should be rejected by Government.

Today's Irish Examiner leads with former Cork hurler Conor Cusack, the brother of Donal Og, has revealed he is homosexual. He wrote a candid blog on his website also detailing his depression, but says that he had 'always been comfortable' with his sexuality.

The Irish Daily Mail follows yesterday's story of Irishman Richard Quarry's incredible odyssey to retrieve his son Ethan, who was taken to Zambia for nine months with his mother, while Mr Quarry fought to have him returned to Ireland where he has sole custody. He criticised the Irish Government as he said if his boy was American, the FBI would have become involved.








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