Wednesday 17 January 2018

What it says in the papers

Today's papers are dominated by coverage of the ongoing scandal inside the Justice Department and Alan Shatter's fate as Minister.

The Irish Independent leads with a collaborative story by Tom Brady, Fionnan Sheahan, Niall O'Connor and Dearbhail McDonald focused on the inside details of Martin Callinan's resignation.

The former Garda Commissioner left his post after he was warned on Monday that he would not survive a Cabinet meeting - by Secretary General of the Department of Justice, who was sent there by Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Extensive coverage inside focuses on the ongoing political battle inside the Justice Department.

As an off-lead, the paper highlights last night's Six Nations reception attended by the rugby champions and their other halves.

The Herald follows up on the sensational story of Martin Frazier, who walked into Clondalkin garda station last night after being shot in a church car park. He is well known to gardai and previously acted as a driver for 'Fat' Freddie Thompson.

In showbiz news, model agent Andrea Roche has given birth to her first child, a baby girl, which features in both The Herald and Irish Daily Mail.

The Irish Times leads with Alan Shatter's apology for comments made about garda whistleblowers and the concern over revelations of garda recordings spanning more than two decades. Colin Gleeson writes that Gardai sought advice on how to dispose of the illegally obtained recordings from the Data Protection Commissioner.

The Irish Examiner also splashes with Shatter's apology and the growing focus on garda bugging. As an off-lead, the paper features a story with a hospital consultant comparing e-cigarettes to methadone.

In sport, the Irish Independent's lead story is the potential tv deal for Sky television and GAA. RTE will continue as the main rights holder, but Sky will also get a 'slice of the market', according to Martin Brehenny sand Donnchadh Boyle. In soccer, Liverpool beat Sunderland last night 2-1 and in rugby, Eoin Reddan speaks of the internal conflict that comes with Munster roots while wearing a Leinster jersey.

The Herald covers last night's Liverpool victory, as well as Roy Keane's two cents on Moyes' United.

"If United perform like they did against City and against Liverpool, you can forget about beating the West Hams,and the Olympiacos and Crystal Palaces," he said.








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