Sunday 19 November 2017

What it says in the papers

Rory McIlroy's Olympic confirmation, FF's justice spokesman's appeal for leniency for a drug dealer and Noonan ignoring IMF advice covers the front pages this morning.

'FF runs for cover after TD's plea not to jail drug dealer' writes Barry Duggan and Niall O'Connor for the Irish Independent as it is revealed that the party's justice spokesman appealed to a judge not to jail a drug dealer.

On the same story, The Herald runs with the line 'FF TD pleads 'don't jail dealer'' as it emerged that Collins wrote a letter on behalf of 40-year-old Hugo Porter who had been caught with €17,500 of drugs in a garda operation.

Most of the front picture slots across the Irish publications this morning are filled with the face of golfer Rory McIlroy as he confirmed yesterday that he would play for Ireland in the next Olympics.

'Troll in one' writes the Irish Daily Star as the 25-year-old Co Down native was branded a "traitor" online by some infuriated with his decision.

Another big story gracing the front covers is that of the Government seemingly stepping away from Europe.

'Noonan to ignore IMF and EU and seek 3pc deficit' reports the Irish Examiner as the Minister for Finance has signalled that he will ignore the recommendations of the IMF and European Commission.

The Irish Times also writes 'Noonan rejects calls for €2bn budget cuts' as the minister contradicted European advice at the Oireachtas finance committee.

Meanwhile, the Irish Independent writes ''Stay out of battle for Labour leadership, IMF chiefs warned" as Joan Burton's rival Alex White reacted angrily to the IMF deciding that the Social Protection Minister was the "leading candidate".

The darker side to the current glorious sunshine was also reported on in the Irish Daily Mirror with 'The heat is on'

A man in his 40s collapsed on the sand in Tramore, Co Waterford with a suspected heart attack and had to be airlifted to hospital.

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