Wednesday 13 December 2017

What it says in the papers

Freya Drohan

Freya Drohan

Coverage of the Collins family and the shunning of females in the new Government dominates the national papers this morning.

The Collins family are returning from their enforced exile abroad, according to the front page of the Irish Independent.

Murdered Roy Collins’ father Steve told the Irish Independent that he is “elated” with the conviction of the “Godless creatures”..

The front page of the paper also reports that Taoiseach Enda Kenny is facing a backlash over his failure to appoint a single woman from Fine Gael to a junior ministerial post.

Female members of the party have said they feel “shocked” and “snubbed” by Mr Kenny’s decision to give all nine junior jobs to men.

At least two female TDs has been tipped for a promotion.

A former Garda has been jailed for a year after pleading guilty to the theft of more than €50, 000.

Noel Fitzhenry, a Wexford man, has admitted to seven counts of theft, claiming he needed the money for treatment in America for his wife who was suffering from cancer.

Superintendent William Carolan informed Judge Barry Hickson that it was never traced what the money was actually for, but that the defendant’s wife never had cancer, and never went to America.

The Herald reveals that Wayne Dundon took out a€500,000 hit on the Collins family before his murder trial.

The gangster was using finance from his cousin, Stephen ‘Dougie’ Moran, who has since been shot dead at his home in Lucan, Dublin.

Also in The Herald, Niall Barron, a former senior executive at Vodafone Ireland, is to stand trial charged with stealing almost €2 million from the company over a four year period.

The former head of corporate financial services was arrested by Gardai yesterday morning.

The Irish Daily Mirror reports that 1,000 pubs have been forced to close in the last seven years in Ireland.

Speaking to the Dáil’s finance committee, the head of Vintner’s Federation of Ireland Padraig Cribben warned that taxes on alcohol are killing rural pubs and independent off licences.

Cribben stated that Ireland is the most expensive country in Europe to buy alcohol in.

According to Senan Mooney, Political Editor of the Irish Daily Mail, neither of the two ministers in charge of the Gaeltacht is fluent in Irish.

Last night, Fianna Fáil’s Eamon O’Cuiv called the new ministerial selections as a “slap in the face” to the thousands of Irish speakers across the country.

Fine Gaeler Joe McHugh confirmed that he sat the pass Irish exam for the Leaving Certificate.

The Irish Examiner writes that two-thirds of Irish doctors are treating more overweight and obese children than they were two years ago.

Worryingly, nine out of ten doctors have made Ireland’s spiralling obesity problem their top priority.

More than one in four children are now classed as overweight or obese in Ireland, a figure which has doubled in the last 15 years.

In The Irish TImes, a damning report into the death of a teenager who spent most of his life in State care reveals a series of missed opportunities by social services to respond to evidence of abuse and neglect.

The report, to be published today,  shows critical gaps in mental health services and a failure to recognise the risks facing Danny Talbot (19).

Danny died of an apparent drugs overdose while still in aftercare services provided by the State.

Latest available figures indicate that there are about 200 vacancies in social work teams while there are still hundreds of children without allocated social workers or care plans.

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