Wednesday 25 April 2018

What it says in the papers

Today's front page of the Irish Independent
Today's front page of the Irish Independent

Justice Minister Alan Shatter on bugging claims... Clashes in Kiev... Revenue trawls property tax... Suspect quizzed over emails to newsreader Sharon Ni Bheolain

1. The Irish Independent today leads with the story on Garda Siochana Commission Ombudsman  (GSOC) bugging claims. Justice Minister Alan Shatter has set up an independent inquiry into the garda watchdog bugging controversy.

While a new expert report has found "no evidence at all" of spying, Mr Shatter has insisted.

Meanwhile, the paper says Revenue is to compare the property tax bills paid by neighbours to catch householders who undervalued their homes.

From April 1, the taxman will be chasing the 100,000 homeowners who have not paid their property tax for 2013 and the 460,000 who haven't paid the household charge for 2012.

2. The Herald says a man has been arrested over a series of "vile" emails sent to RTE's Sharon Ni Bheolain.

The 43-year-old news anchor was the victim in a campaign of harassment and intimidation including photo-shopped images and threats of a sexual nature.

Meanwhile, five men and two women have been arrested after a detailed six-month investigation into sexual abuse allegations made by a ten-year-old girl in Tallaght.

3. In The Star, their story on the Tallaght child's sexual abuse allegations says that she was given to a sick paedophile rape gang for five years by her own mother in return for money and alcohol.

The five men and two women were arrested in Dublin and Wexford yesterday, the paper says.

Meanwhile, it reports that a Galway teacher has died after being struck by a train while on a skiing trip in the Austrian Alps. Paul Kilgarriff (35) was killed instantly when he stumbled onto rail tracks as he made his way back to his holiday accommodation after a night out.

4. The Irish Daily Mirror says parents of the Tallaght child are Lithuanian and the case is "one of the worst examples of alleged child abuse" ever encountered by gardai.

It also chronicles anger as Eric Locke has been charged with the murder of mother-of-one Sonia Blount.

5. The Irish Sun says Sharon Ni Bheolain was bombarded by vile and obsessive letters, which included pornographic material. A 37-year-old man is being quizzed on suspicion of threatening to kill the presenter's partner and to rape another family member, the paper says.

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