Friday 13 December 2019

What it says in the papers

Freya Drohan

Coverage of the Garth Brooks concert cancellations dominated this morning's papers

The Irish Independent leads with the headline "Brooks Ultimatum: It's five shows or none at all."

Organisers are desperately scrambling to find a way of staging all five concerts after Dublin City Council gave the green light for only three.

Massive pressure from businesses and fans was being applied to city chiefs along with Aiken Promotions and the GAA last night to find a resolution to the row.


Also on the front page of the Irish Independent: Finance Minister Michael Noonan could slash the planned Budget adjustment in half and still meet troika targets.

Economists believe that Mr Noonan need only take €1bn out of the economy in October compared to the €2bn demanded by the troika.


The Herald is reporting that the loss to Dublin's economy should two of the Garth Brooks concerts not go ahead is estimated at more than €30 million

Hotels will be the hardest hit.

Drumcondra's Regency Hotel upgraded 270 of their rooms in anticipation of the concert and was fully booked out from July 25th to July 29th.

General Manager of the Regency Hotel John Glynn said "the phones have been hopping since the news broke. There are people ringing saying they're going to cancel and so forth."

He added, "There is no doubt we have suffered a huge loss."


The Irish Examiner reports that families who earn €100k a year are 'struggling'.

Finance Minister Michael Noonan said that these families are "not wealthy, but are struggling to make ends meet".

This follows an argument in the Dáil over what constitutes a rich person.

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett called for a "wealth tax" on earnings over €100,000.

Minister Noonan has ruled out further tax hikes, saying "the teacher married to the guard or the nurse married to the teacher-when you take the two of them together they are over €100,000 but they are not well-off, they are struggling to pay the bills, pay the mortgage, keep the kids happy and keep the car on the road.."

Also on the front page of the Examiner, Interim Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan has launched an investigation into the disclosure of personal information about one of the two Roma children removed by gardaí from their families.

It follows findings in Emily Logan's Roma report.

The inquiry will examine communications between gardaí and journalists in relation to Child T- the seven-year-old girl who was removed from her home in Tallaght last October.


In the Irish Daily Star, the front page says that gardaí have arrested two people over fears that a suspected suicide of a mother-of-one was staged.

Antra Ozolina (49) was found dead in her home in Co Cavan on Saturday.

Though they initially believed the woman died by suicide, gardaí now fear that the scene was staged to cover up how she really died.


The Irish Daily Mirror reports that Joan Burton will become the new leader of the Labour Party today.

The Social Protection Minister will replace Eamon Gilmore with an expected 70% of the votes.

Ms Burton will enter crucial discussions with the Taoiseach about a reworking of the Programme for Govenment in the coming days.

According to the Mirror, it is likely that Labour's Kathleen Lynch and Alan Kelly will be promoted.

The Mirror speculates that on the Fine Gael side, Enda Kenny may dump James Reilly from health, while promoting Junior Minister Fergus O'Dowd and his colleague Pascal Donohoe.

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