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Saturday 21 April 2018

What it says in the papers

The deal struck between the GAA and Sky Sports caused outrage throughout the country yesterday - and it is this story that makes the front pages across a number of publications this morning.

The Irish Independent leads with 'GAA faces backlash over Sky Sports deal' as, for the first time ever, some GAA Championship matches will become pay-per-view.

'Minister criticises GAA over sale of rights of matches to Sky Sports' is the line that the Irish Times have run with as Minister for State for Sport Michael Ring said he was in favour of having all GAA games free-to-air for Irish people.

That's not to say the Garda Tapes scandal has been forgotten as fresh revelations continue to rock the nation.

'It's kicking off,' writes The Herald, as Minister Alan Shatter faces a raft of new questions after it emerged that 139 prisoners had phone conversations with their lawyers recorded.

Similar lines ran in the Irish Daily Mirror: '2,800 prison calls taped'; in the Irish Daily Star: '3,000 prison calls bugged' and in the Irish Examiner with the line 'Shatter: I'm not public enemy No1'.

The Irish Independent, meanwhile, presents a piece from Dearbhail McDonald - 'Garda: I was bullied after exposing phone-tape abuse' - which tells of how a retired detective sergeant claims he was isolated after uncovering suspected abuse.

'Fears of tapes being destroyed prompted action' is the Irish Times' latest installment from the ongoing saga as a commission of inquiry into the issue is established.  Also from the Irish Daily Mail: 'Shatter sold out Callinan 'to save his skin'' as Justice Minister accused of hanging the former Garda Commissioner out to dry.

A hugely popular, heartwarming yet tragic tale that media became aware of yesterday was the dying wish of teenager Triona Priestley granted by musician Ed Sheeran.

'Brave teen Triona gets dying wish,' reports The Herald while the Irish Daily Mirror plays on the title of one of Sheeran's songs with 'Goodbye littel bird'

Other stories gracing the front pages this morning include 'Beast on our streets' from the Irish Daily Star as convicted rapist Trevor Byrne is confronted by the paper at his current B&B lodgings.

Also, from The Irish Times, 'Public service pension deadline extended' and 'Gay penguins make perfect match' from the Irish Examiner.

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