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Tuesday 23 January 2018

What it says in the papers

Freya Drohan

Freya Drohan

On the front page of the Irish Independent, former presidential candidate Dana Rosemary Scallon has said that her brother, who is accused of indecently assaulting two children, has been “cured” after he went to see a priest.

Her brother, John Brown (60), faces five charges of indecent assault  on various dates in the 1970s.

As the Garth Brooks debacle continues, the paper reports that “furious behind the scenes moves” involving the Taoiseach, Dublin City Council, the GAA and the Lord Mayor were under way last night to try and salvage the gigs.

Brooks has said that a cargo ship carrying his equipment is still on route to Ireland and unless he is explicitly told by Peter Aiken “thanks but it’s all over” he will do everything in his power to play to 400,000 fans in Croke Park.

Dublin model Thalia Heffernan is on the cover of The Herald today, with reports that she is “turning heads Down Under”.

The 19-year-old Donnybrook native, recently linked to One Direction’s Niall Horan, made the move to Australia last month and has said she is “really busy” following a shoot for Cosmopolitan and Cleo magazines.

The Herald reports that the GAA has made €66 million from “massive” events like concerts and rugby and football matches.

In 2009 alone, the year that U2 played three huge concerts and there was multiple rugby/football matches, the accounts show that Croke Park gave €17 million to the GAA Ard Comhairle.

In 2012, just €4 million went to the Ard Comhairle.

It is likely that the Croke Park would have made more than €5 million from the five Garth Brooks concerts.

In the Irish Daily Mirror, the harrowing revelation that the bloodied bodies of 53 men have been found in a southern area of Baghdad.

The bodies appear to have been slayed on Tuesday in an execution-style massacre.

Police and government have confirmed the discovery but identities have not yet been released and motives for the killings are unclear.

According to the Irish Examiner’s Political Editor, children should be given the right to full knowledge of their genetic parents.

The right, recommended by the Oireachtas Justice Committee, would outlaw anonymous sperm donations.

A dual birth certificate system which would contain details of both “social parents” and “genetic parents” of the child is advised.

The recommendations will be formally launched in a report today.

The Irish Examiner also reports that doctors are to seek an urgent meeting with the health minister (expected to be appointed today) to discuss plans to roll out free GP care to all people over 70.

The Irish Medical Organisation has openly criticised the “casual” way the Taoiseach announced the plans yesterday, with no reference to details of time frame or implementation.

In The Irish Times, a Limerick teenager has been banned for driving for five months after he parked in a disabled car space.

Judge Patrick Durcan accused John McNamara (18) of “breathtaking arrogance” and a “lack of human feeling”.

The Irish Daily Mail reveals that another ambulance has broken down during an emergency transfer of a patient.

Mere weeks after an ambulance caught fire, another ambulance carrying a seriously ill patient who was on a life support system broke down on the M1 on Saturday while on route to St James’s Hospital in Dublin.

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