Saturday 18 November 2017

What it says in the papers

Today's papers are dominated by coverage of the latest twist in the Justice Department fiasco and the arrival of Giro D'Italia.

The Irish Independent leads with the Justice Department's Secretary General Brian Purcell's battle ahead as he was named 'not fit for purpose' by Transport Minister Leo Varadkar.

Mr Purcell is accused of failing to properly address allegations of malpractice within An Garda Siochana. And just last week, newly instated Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald refused to express confidence in the highest ranking member of cabinet.

The paper also prominently features the arrival of Giro D'Italia into Dublin yesterday evening.

The Herald leads with exclusive details of the dramatic evacuation of a hotel at Finnstown House Hotel after a car bomb was discovered on site.

The Irish Times also leads with the latest within An Garda Siocha, as Conor Lally and Harry McGee report that the Garda Ombudsman are seeking a range of new powers for internal investigations.

The paper also reports that Irish Water have scrapped a €340m expansion plan, which would have included a new sewage plant and a 9km pipe into the Irish Sea.

The Irish Examiner focuses An Garda Siochana's issues as well, including whistle blower John Wilson's desire to set up a meeting with Frances Fitzgerald over the handling of fresh misconduct allegations.

These allegations include a doctor alleging he was intimidated out of reporting patient's injured while in police custody, a nurse who claims to have witnessed a death in their custody and a family who claim their loved one's death was not by misadventure, claiming the person involved had Gardai connections, and seek another hearing, according to Juno McEnroe.

In sport, Nicholas Roche kicks off his Giro D'Italia diary in today's Irish Independent. "It's strange for me to be riding in the Giro into towns where I have raced as a schoolboy," he writes.

Meanwhile, in football, Manchester City have been crowned Premier League Champions. Team boss Manuel Pellegrini says he is determined to win it again next year, saying: "Big teams cannot be satisfied with one title. It's very important."












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