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Sunday 18 February 2018

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Today's front page of the Irish Independent.
Today's front page of the Irish Independent.

U-turn over medical card reviews; a row in the Fine Gael camp; Fat Freddie arrives in Dublin; Eurosong row

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has moved to take the heat out of the controversial removal of medical cards from seriously ill children - just three days ahead of the local and European elections. The way in which the cards are reviewed is to change, the Government says.

Meanwhile, a furious Taoiseach Enda Kenny has become embroiled in a bitter turf war between Fine Gael's European election candidates, who are locked in a battle for seats. The spat broke out over Deirdre Clune's unauthorised use of Mr Kenny's name in a leaflet asking voters to "give Deirdre your No 1 vote" and only a second and third preference to her running mates, Sean Kelly and Simon Harris.

And also on the front page, Aer Lingus bosses have announced they are adding 25 extra flights over the June bank holiday. This is to minimise passenger disruption due to industrial action by cabin crew. Hire in’ crews will operate the flights on the day before and the day after the May 30 action.

The Herald says a mother broke down in tears as a man was found guilty of killing her son in a fire 13 years ago. Stephen Hughes was just 12 years old when he died in a makeshift den while he was sleeping. Dermot Griffin (54) of Ballyfermot Road, Ballyfermot in Dublin was yesterday found guilty of the boy’s manslaughter.

The Irish Examiner says children who experience violence, harsh discipline, or neglect are more likely to be cyberbullies, or their victims, according to research for the Government.

Health Minister James Reilly has admitted the Coalition is inflicting “tremendous distress” on people through widespread medical card reviews. The ongoing issue has threatened government party support in Friday’s elections.

Two joint Oireachtas committees have backed a widow’s campaign to secure special training for gardai to deal with suicide. Elber Twomey, 38, from north Cork, lost her family in a UK crash caused by a suicidal taxi driver. And now, the committees have agreed to lobby Garda management on her behalf.

The Irish Daily Mail says James Reilly has taken health staff to task as they implement his own policy on reviewing medical cards. He said health workers may be “utterly unsuitable to be in the job”.

The Irish Sun says Aslan guitarist Billy McGuinness has invited fellow Eurosong judge Linda Martin out to dinner since their clash on the Late Late Show, to try and make amends. Billy claims he wants to bury the hatchet.

The Irish Daily Mirror says Frederick Thompson has touched down on Irish soil to face a violent disorder charge. The 33-year-old from Dublin appeared in court yesterday after he was extradited from Amsterdam. The charge is in connection with an alleged brawl at a city bar in January, 2013.

The Irish Daily Star says rock star Courtney Love claims she once tried to help Peaches Geldof. The star says Peaches turned up at her hotel room one night, and Love tried to reach out to her.

The Irish Times says Minister for Housing Jan O’Sullivan will meet the directors of housing from all local authorities later today, as begins driving a new Government-backed plan to end long-term homelessness by 2016.

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