Saturday 21 April 2018

What it says in the papers

The Irish Independent's front page today.
The Irish Independent's front page today.

Dominating the headlines today: Rehab's paltry scratch card profits, row between the Garda chief and garda whistleblowers growing increasingly bitter; and heists on the D4 embassy belt.

The Irish Independent leads with the story that Rehab made €468 profit from €3.4 million scratch card sales in 2012. Rehab lotteries recorded the paltry surplus when it sold 1.9million scratch cards, documents seen by the Irish Independent reveal.

And millions of loyal readers of author Maeve Binchy - who died two years ago - will be delighted to learn that there is one final treat in store from their favourite writer.

Meanwhile, there are fresh fears for 500 post offices countrywide after An Post revealed it is in talks about opening so-called ‘post points’ in Dunnes Stores and SuperValu.

Also on the front page is the story that the row between the Garda chief and the garda whistleblowers has become increasingly bitter in the wake of the latest damning penalty points report. Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan is standing over his use of the term “disgusting” in relation to the leaking of details of the scrapping of penalty points.

The Herald has revealed that a gang of professional burglars has grabbed more than €500,00 in cash, jewellery and other valuables in heists in the Dublin 4 embassy belt. Robbers have targeted the homes of the wealthy around Ailesbury Road and Nutley Avenue.

The Irish Sun says gangster John Gilligan spent yesterday enjoying punts on Cheltenham in a private hospital room paid for by the taxpayer.

The Irish Examiner says there has been renewed calls for an apology to Garda whistleblowers after their claims were vindicated.

It also reveals that thirsty TDs and visitors to the Dail bar drank their way through almost €7,000 worth of stock on the night of the infamous “lapgate” incident as they voted through the abortion legislation.

And a karate kid used his skills to fight off a bull which gored his father and flipped him in the air like a rag doll. John O’Donoghue, 16, distracted the bull long enough for his father to get up. He was honoured at the Cork North Garda Division Youth Achievement Awards which were held at Mallow GAA Club.

The Irish Times says the Government is undertaking to overhaul the penalty points regime. The Cabinet has accepted all 37 recommendations made by the Garda Inspectorate in a damning indictment of the way the penalty points system has been operated.

The Irish Daily Star says Lindsay Lohan has penned a “sex list” – and she claims she bedded Irish actors Colin Farrell.

The Irish Daily Mirror says a Chinese satellite image could hold the key to the mystery of the Malaysian jet that vanished with 239 people on board.

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