Saturday 16 December 2017

What it says in the papers

Dominating the headlines: the end of austerity; a smiling Queen Elizabeth and the North's Deputy Prime Minister Queen Elizabeth shake hands; and the HSE moves to abolish "top-up" allowances.

The Irish Independent leads with the headline “End of austerity: we’ll escape €1.5bn in cuts”. The country will be spared most of the €2bn in planned cutbacks if economic growth continues at current levels.

And a smiling Queen Elizabeth shakes hands with the North’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness on the front page photo.

The Herald says Gillian Quinn (40) has revealed how “empty nest syndrome” is prompting her and husband Niall Quinn to sell their €2.5m family home.

The Irish Daily Mail snaps former Rehab board member Frank Flannery at the Mill House pub in Stillorgan on the front page. The headline reads: “Shouldn’t you be at the PAC?”.  The paper says “instead of answering questions about how Rehab spent your money, Frank Flannery yesterday went out for a nice pint. After all, he has got 400,000 reasons to celebrate.”

The Irish Times leads with the story that Ireland’s economy will expand by 3.5 per cent this year, its fastest rate of growth in seven years, on the back of a resurgence in domestic demand and another strong performance in exports, the ESRI has said.

And the HSE has instructed that “top-up” allowances being paid to senior doctors in voluntary hospitals in Dublin should be abolished within three months.

The Irish Daily Mail Mirror says Peaches Geldof’s grieving nanny yesterday spoke for the first time of her heartbreak for her “beautiful girl” who “almost made it”. Anita Debney helped raise the 25-year-old since she was a toddler.

The Irish Sun says the HSE secretly bugged calls in and out of the National Ambulance Service. Health Service bosses have launched a probe into the latest taping scandal, journalist Niall O’Connor says. And Data Commissioner Billy Hawkes, right, has also been informed.

The Irish Daily Star says Taoiseach Enda Kenny last night appeared to distance himself from ex-Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery. Mr Flannery received €410,000 for consultancy services from scandal-hit charity Rehab between 2007 and 2013.

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