Friday 17 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 Tuam babies and the European Central Bank's latest move feature on this morning's front pages.

‘How 200,000 families will pay for record cut in interest rates’ reads the front page of this morning’s Irish Independent. Personal Finance Editor Charlie Weston reports how banks are set to hike the price of variables to foot the bill for tracker loans.

The front page also tells the story of the man who found the Tuam babies’ skeletal remains at the age of just twelve. The man said he remembers playing with friends when he noticed a slab covering a septic tank loose. It was here he discovered the ‘tiny skeletons’.

‘Elderly in care losing medical cards’ reports the front page of the Irish Examiner. The newspaper reports that care payments are not being considered in assessments of people’s homes. The front page also reports on the Tuam babies, writing; ‘Pressure mounts for inquiry into mass baby graves’.

The Irish Times also leads with this morning’s main banking news, writing; ‘ECB move triggers call to cut banks’ variable rate’. The front page features a photo of Europe marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

The Irish Daily Mail continues the recent revelations from mother-and-baby homes across the country, writing; ‘Thousands of children used for vaccine trials while in nuns’ care’. The paper reports that there was no evidence of consent for the secret clinical tests.

The Irish Daily Mirror also features the Tuam babies this morning writing; ‘My pals are buried in septic tank’ – the words of survivor John’s horror in a mother and baby home.

The Irish Daily Star this morning leads with the story of a mother fighting for her life in hospital after she was engulfed in flames at a family barbecue. ‘Barbecue horror woman critical’ the front page reads, adding that five were injured in the ‘fireball’.

The Herald leads with ‘Boxer Macklin arrested in row’ as Kinahan idol is cautioned over a bust-up on a city street. Matthew Macklin was arrested after an early morning row on a Dublin street.

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