Saturday 21 April 2018

What it says in the papers

The front page of the Irish Independent, today, May 7th
The front page of the Irish Independent, today, May 7th

Fury over both water charges and a looming strike by Aer Lingus cabin crew; an independent probe into the tragic death of a baby at Cavan General Hospital; discretionary medical cards; search for Madeleine McCann

The Irish Independent says independent experts are to investigate if a delay in performing an emergency Caesarean section on a woman whose baby was in distress contributed to the child's death.

A probe has been launched into the tragic death of the baby at the maternity unit in Cavan General Hospital on Saturday April 26.

Meanwhile, Aer Lingus passengers face a new strike threat this summer after a union representing 1,100 cabin crew warned that industrial action is likely in a row over rosters. Crews based in Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports are expected to back industrial action in a ballot later this week, which would pose a new crisis for the airline heading into the busy summer period.

The Herald says exiled drugs lord Dapper Don Christy Kinahan was absent from the funeral of his estranged wife in Dublin. His absence was conspicuous as his family paid their respects at the Augustinian Church in Dublin’s south inner city.

The Irish Examiner says Taoiseach Enda Kenny has admitted that the removal of discretionary medical cards is “an issue” of concern to parents of sick and vulnerable children. He has asked the HSE to take a more humane approach when examining cases.

Meanwhile, the paper says former Republic of Ireland soccer international Niall Quinn is the hot favourite to front Sky Sports’ GAA coverage this summer.

The Irish Daily Mail runs the story of water charges on its front page. People who fail to pay their water bill face losing their free allowance, the paper says. The hidden detail in the water charges – revealed yesterday by Phil Hogan – means anyone who does not pay up on time will face penalties.

The Irish Times says Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin came under pressure yesterday as some of his party’s most senior TDs strongly criticised the decision to approach former minister Mary Hanafin about standing in the local elections.

The Irish Sun’s front page features the headline ‘What a Drip’, as Environment Minister Phil Hogan confirmed water users face an annual cost of €240 – or 70 cents a day – but no standing charge.

The Irish Daily Mirror says detectives have been given the green light to start digging at the resort where Madeleine McCann vanished. They will search scrubland yards from the family’s holiday flat in Praia da Luz, a nearby road and a beach.

The Irish Daily Star says a paedophile priest who sexually abused at least seven kids has moved house and changed his name to hide his identity. Patrick McCabe (78) served 18 months in prison, and has legally changed his name by deed poll to Paul Byrne.

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