Friday 24 November 2017

What it says in the papers

The fallout from the Garda Tapes continue to dominate today's papers.

The Irish Independent leads with 'Shatter opposed new watchdog for gardai as scandals unfolded' - a report from Fionnan Sheehan and Tom Brady. The Justice Minister resisted the setting up pf a new garda oversight body at last week's Cabinet meeting - even after the Garda Commissioner's resignation. 

Meanwhile, the Irish Times runs with a piece from Geraldine Kennedy - 'Attorney general told garda not to destroy tapes'. The article reveals that Maire Whelan instructed the tapes not to be destroyed on March 20.  

The Irish Daily Mail takes a different approach with the headline 'Could Shatter survive a €2m Bailey payout?' as the recordings of conversations continue to have potentially reeling consequences for both civil and criminal cases.

Also looking at 'The Bailey Tapes' is The Herald from Joyce Fegan who leads with 'eleven phone calls lasting a total of 53 minutes have left the Government in crisis'. Ian Bailey was arrested twice by gardai investigating the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier and is now suing the State.

The Irish Daily Star makes mention of the murdered French filmmaker as an off-lead but the front spread reads 'Pranks for calling' as Taoiseach Enda Kenny vows not to get his number changes despite hundreds of pranks calls from "all over the world".

Moving away from the controversial recordings, Charlie Weston for the Irish Independent reveals that 'Credit unions to get own debit cards' as they are lining up to take on the banks.

The Irish Times front page also reports that 'Accountant claims Lowry said fees for consultancy work 'fell to other parties'' as the TD comes under for the misappropriation of financial billings.

After Liverpool's win over Tottenham at Anfield yesterday, Suarez graces the front cover of the Irish Independent Sports supplement with the line 'Anfield of Dreams'

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