Thursday 23 November 2017

What it says in the papers

The front page of today's Irish Independent
The front page of today's Irish Independent

The Irish Independent says a Labour MEP has called for Eamon Gilmore to be replaced as party leader ahead of next month’s local and European elections.

The blow comes as a poll has shown that the leader has a backing of just 42 per cent of party supporters.

US technology giant Oracle’s Irish corporation tax bill was just €11 million last year, at the same time as its turnover here increased by €7.24 billion. Tax is only due in Ireland on the company’s Irish profits, which were €164.4m in 2013.

The Herald says the suspect for the stabbing of Aengus O’Snodaigh is believed to have fled the scene in a state of panic after the incident. Last night gardai were still unable to locate the individual.

The front page of the Irish Examiner shows a dejected rugby player Donnacha O’Callaghan following Munster’s defeat in the Heineken Cup semi-final against Toulon in Marseille.

The paper runs with the story that attacks on gardai are becoming more vicious and more common – serious attacks on officers were up to 225 in 2013 from 163 in 2011.

And more than 41,000 sick days were taken by prison staff last year, at a cost of €7.5m to the taxpayer. An Irish Prison Service spokesperson said on average 140 staff members are injured in the line of duty each year.

The Irish Daily Mail says the son of Sinn Fein TD Aengus O’Snodaigh was in a serious condition last night after being stabbed by a teenager. Fearghal (18) was struck once in the chest under his arm at the family home, it is understood.

The Irish Sun said the stabbing occurred in a row over a computer game. Fearghal suffered arm, lung, and heart injuries when attacked in his Dublin home.

The Irish Times says there now exists a “closer and healthier relationship between church and State” in Ireland. He said in Rome yesterday “the church wants to deal with the scandals of the past in an upfront and open way”.

And the paper says Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan will attempt to defuse the row between the Coalition parties over water charges this week with a set of proposals designed to allay Labour Party concerns.

The Irish Daily Mirror says gardai were last night searching for the suspect of the stabbing of Aengus O’Snodaigh’s teenage son.

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