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Saturday 17 March 2018

What it says in the papers

Today's papers are dominated by coverage of the crowd crush in Copper Face Jacks nightclub on Dublin's Harcourt Street on Monday night and a follow-up on Michael Flatley's €400k rhino horn robbery in Cork.

The Irish Independent leads with the fact that hundreds of families will be compensated with up to€30,000 each if they live near power lines. Grid operator Eir Grid insists it is not intended to buy off those against the upgrade of 45-metre pylons.

And today's off-lead by Sarah McCabe reveals AIB's secret bid to reintroduce bonuses, which was shot down by the Government. Salaries for bailed-out banks have been capped at €500,000 andd bonuses are banned since late 2011.

The paper also features a free supplement - Mothers & Babies - whichhcih will also be run as an iMag on


The Herald includes images of the 'Coppers crush' and speaks to several eyewitnesses of their terror.

Crime correspondent Ken Foy has also launched part one of a new gangland guide on the Irish gangsters living it up abroad.

In sport, Brian O'Driscoll wants to end his Six Nations career on a high. "If we don't win a Six Nations, there is still more to play for thereafter. My focus is definitely on trying to achieve a Six Nations and, of course, on trying to win a second Grand Slam," BOD said.

Elsewhere, Dublin's All-Ireland winning football team will be playing without 20 of their top players when they take on Kerry in Croke Park on Saturday night and Liverpool defeated Everton 4-0 last night.

Today's Irish Times focuses on the Labour and Fine Gael's clash over the Garda Ombudsman's penalty points hearing. Party members on the Public Accounts Committee have criticised the decision for a Garda whistle blower to give private evidence.

In today's Irish Sun, the paper covers the Coppers crowd crush with news that a thief allegedly saw it as ample opportunity to steal a handbag during the chaos on harcourt Street.

The Irish Examiner also covers the plyon powerline upgrade and the PAC's decision to hear private testimony from a Garda whistleblower. 'He will give his evidence in a private meeting, based on his own legal advice, ' the story by Mary Regan read.




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