Monday 20 November 2017

What it says in the papers

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

In today's papers: family's debt write-off by AIB; damning report on the wiping of penalty points; campaigner Christine Buckley has died.

The Irish Independent leads with the story of one family which gets to keep its home as AIB has agreed to write off more than one-third of the family’s mortgage debt. The bank wrote off €150,000 in what is believed to be the biggest residential mortgage write-off debt.

Meanwhile, an overhaul of the penalty points system is planned by the Government in the wake of a damning report on the wiping of points for thousands of motorists.

The changes to the law will tighten up the rules relating to the cancellation of penalty points.

And the third story on the paper’s front page is the story of Christine Buckley (67) who died yesterday. She has been remembered as a pioneer in the fight to expose Ireland’s institutional abuse scandals.

The Herald tells how a mother feared for her daughter’s life after the little girl breathed potentially dangerous chemicals during a swimming class yesterday. Nadia (9) was one of 25 children caught up in the terrifying drama at the pool in NUI Maynooth.

On the the Irish Examiner’s front page is the story that Justice Minister Alan Shatter is expected to come under renewed pressure to apologise to two Garda whistleblowers following  the “damning” Garda Inspectorate report which criticised the cancellation of penalty points by members.`

The paper also says 12 senior Rehab staff were paid salaries of over €100,000 last year, and many were given generous perks including company cars and bonuses of up to €14,000.

The Irish Times details how ex-Fine Gael strategist Franck Flannery was paid €60,000-a-year by a charity in a campaign to seek tax changes from the Government to boost philanthrophic donations from wealth people.

It also describes the bravery and self-sacrifice of campaigner Christine Buckley. She was one of the first people to speak out publicly about the abuse of children in institutions in Ireland. She died yesterday after a long illness.

The Irish Daily Mail says the independent Garda Inspectorate report has led to “humiliation” for Justice Minister Alan Shatter.

The Irish Sun says that reunited judges Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole are battling over whether to sack Irish judge Louis Walsh from the XFactor. Cheryl is said to be pushing for another female panellist.

The Irish Daily Mirror also details how Nadia Chernus (9) was terrified after breathing in dangerous fumes at the swimming pool at NUI Maynooth. She described how her chest hurt following a chemical leak at the pool.

The Irish Daily Star says the son of a retired garda faces going to prison for posting “vile sex ads” about his former girlfriend on a “seedy” website. The victim said her life had been ruined.

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