Wednesday 17 July 2019

What it says in the papers

Today's main stories are the President's visit - full of smiles - to Windsor Castle, Finance Minister Michael Noonan's wish for house prices to rise further, and the probe into Peaches Geldof's death,

The Irish Independent leads with the story that Finance Minister Michael Noonan wants house prices to rise further and he claims fears of another property bubble in Dublin are exaggerated.

The President and Queen Elizabeth are pictured full of smiles on the front page – with the caption reading: President Michael D Higgins in conversation with Queen Elizabeth before the historic state banquet in Windsor Castle.

The Herald asks ‘How did she die?’ – referring to the death of Peaches Geldof. The cause of the shock death of Bob Geldof’s 25-year-old daughter remains a mystery two days after the young mother’s body was found at her home.

And TV3’s Aisling O’Loughlin has opened up about her return to work on Xpose saying she can’t afford to be a stay-at-home mum.

The main headline on the Irish Examiner’s front page is the Seamus Heaney quote “Hope and History rhyme”. Writer Shaun Connolly says “Haunted by more than 900 years of often bloody history, Windsor Castle was a fitting place to try and lay to rest the ghosts of troubled past”.

The paper also says an inquiry into phone recordings at garda stations was widened to include the entire investigation into the death of Sophie Toscan du Plantier following a written request from Ian Bailey to the Taoiseach.

The Irish Times’ lead headline says “Ireland and Britain ‘walking to a brighter future’, Queen Elizabeth tells President”. The “regrettable pain” felt by many in Ireland and the United Kingdom at our chequered history could be overcome for the mutual benefit of both countries, Queen Elizabeth has said.

The paper’s front page also features a story on education. Third-level institutions need to adopt a “more commercial approach” if they are to survive, according to a major review by consultants Grant Thornton. It recommends a more aggressive policy of seeking donations from alumni to help balance the books.

The Irish Daily Mail calls Queen Elizabeth and Michael D Higgins “Old Friends”. The Queen promises a royal presence at the 1916 centenary, and Michael D Higgins says the past should not ensnare the future.

The Irish Sun details how heartbroken Fifi Geldof posted a picture of her and Peaches as children – with the message “My beautiful baby sister”.

The Irish Daily Mirror says sniffer dogs combed the home of Peaches as a probe into her tragic death continued last night. The animals were used by forensics teams during the search of the 25-year-old’s home in Wrotham, Kent.

And the Irish Daily Star says police are working on three possible theories for the cause of Peaches’ death. The theories are that she either died naturally, by suicide, or from an overdose, the paper says.

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