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Thursday 22 February 2018

What it says in the papers

Sixty thousand jobs for the construction sector, a high-profile journalist expected to face more than 50 charges following claims of child sex abuse and student reports of online bullying rise 30 per cent. Here are this morning's papers.

Sixty thousand jobs are to be created in the construction sector as the Government is set to sign off on a raft of measures aimed at increasing the supply of housing, this morning’s Irish Independent reports. A punitive tax on developers who hold onto zoned land is a key part of the coalition plan to speed up the construction of family homes. The Irish Independent leads with the headline, ‘Plan to boost supply of family homes will create 60,00 jobs’.

A prominent sports journalist is expected to face more than 50 charges this week after claims that he sexually abused a child. The charges include alleged sexual assault on a young girl and defilement and exploitation through sending text messages to her. The man is due to appear in Dublin District Court early this week. The Irish Sun leads with ‘Pundit faces over 50 sex charges’

The Irish Examiner leads with ‘ Student reports of online bullying up 33%’ as there are calls for parental training as only 12% are aware of bullying incidents. The rise in students who report being cyber-bullied has been described as ‘disturbing’.

The newspaper also reports on the record court summonses over children missing school. The number of warnings or school attendance notices issued to parents hit an all-time high: 493 last year involving  287 children.

‘Allegations on Garda corruption first made in 2008’ reads this morning’s Irish Times. A Garda sergeant at the centre of two whistleblowing controversies first approached the authorities with his concerns years earlier than previously thought, the paper reports.

In world news, the EU and the US have pledged strong political and financial support to the Ukraine and have warned Russia not to intervene in its affairs, the Irish Times reports. ‘Russia warned not to meddle in Ukraine’, the front page picture story reads.

The Irish Daily Star and the Irish Daily Mail both lead with a freak accident in Co Clare yesterday. ‘Gran is crushed by her own car’ reads the Irish Daily Star as the Mail leads with ‘Child in car that killed his granny’. A family were left devastated yesterday after a grandmother was killed in the freak accident. Her young grandchildren were brought to hospital in shock.

In sport this morning, Tipperary and Kilkenny have proven once again that there is no such thing as a bad game of hurling when the two teams come out together. Michael Fennelly scored three goals as Cats fightback stunned Tipp in a 10-goal thriller. ‘Kilkenny raise the roof’, reads the sports pages of the Irish Independent.

In lighter news this morning, rugby star Jonathan Sexton and his wife Laura are expecting their first child in the summer. A source close to the family said they are ‘absolutely delighted’.

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