Wednesday 17 January 2018

What it says in the papers

In today's headlines: Enda Kenny's former strategist Frank Flannery; property tax clampdown; a mother in Roscommon who has pleaded guilty to 12 charges including sexual assault and wilful neglect;

Today's Irish Independent leads with the story of Taoiseach Enda Kenny's long-time adviser confirming his departure from Rehab, as well as from his role with Fine Gael.

The key strategist Frank Flannery has departed, just over 10 weeks from polling day in the local and European elections.

The paper also details how officicals confronting the "unprecedented mystery" of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 are to extend the area of their search.

And Environment Correspondent Paul Melia writes that homeowners who under-valued their properties by as much as €300,000 will be among the first to be targeted in a clampdown on property tax evasion by the Revenue Commissioners.

The Herald details a court case which heard how a young girl was led around on a dog lead before being raped. The shocking abuse emerged after her mother pleaded guilty to 12 charges including sexual assault and neglect at Roscommon Circuit Criminal Court.

The Irish Times runs with the story on how Frank Flannery, who has resigned from his role as director of elections with Fine Gael and from his role with Rehab, may be compelled to appear before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

He may face the prospect of being quizzed on his pension, lobbying and business links with Rehab.

The Irish Daily Star leads with the Roscommon rape trial, detailing how the 47-year-old mother pleaded guilty to charges - which include sexual assault and wilful neglect of the little girl over a four-year period.

The Irish Sun leads with the story that an Irish banker found dead in Austria is being investigated as a bigamist by police there. His estranged wife says World Bank staff told her the father of her kids was dead - and had been married to another woman.

The Irish Daily Mirror details the victim impact statement of the Roscommon girl whom, a court has heard, was raped by her neighbour after her mother allowed it to happen. The girl says she tries "not to think of the crime" in her statement.

The Irish Daily Mail says another baby has died at the Midlands Regional Hospital in Portlaoise in the past few days. The paper says an incident response policy by the HSE is now underway.

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