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Tuesday 24 October 2017

What it says in the papers

Freya Drohan

Freya Drohan

The lead story in today’s Irish Independent is Leo Varadkar’s decision to delay the introduction of the Government’s controversial plan to reform the health insurance system.

Varadkar believes the changes, which were part of James Reilly’s reform agenda, are “too ambitious” to be enacted by 2019.

Also on the front page of many papers is the tragic story of 5-year-old Liam Lyons who died after becoming tangled in a rotary mower while helping his dad on the family farm in Coole, Co Offaly.

According to The Herald, the death toll from the deadly Ebola virus has reached 887.

Hundreds of troops have been deployed in Sierra Leone and Liberia to help fight the highly contagious disease.

The splash on The Irish Daily Star is ‘Sleazy Rider’, the shocking story of a man caught attempting a sex act on a motorbike in Temple Bar, Dublin.

The depraved act happened in broad daylight in front of horrified passers-by, one of whom took a video which is now doing the rounds on Facebook.

On the front page The Irish Sun, former European boxing champion Jamie Moore has been shot in the knee and groin outside a Marbella villa belonging to Daniel Kinahan (the son of gangster Christy Kinahan).

He is recovering in a Spanish hospital, according to his friend Matthew Macklin, aka “the Tipperary Tornado”.

The paper also reports that Irish visa numbers have surged in Australia.

Last year, at least 5,000 Irish people were granted permanent residency Down Under, compared to just over 3,000 in 2009-2010.

According to The Irish Daily Mirror, one family is being made homeless every day in Ireland.

A total of 39 families have lost their homes in the past four weeks, Focus Ireland have revealed.

Focus Ireland are appealing to the Government to increase supplement payments to match actual rents.

The lead story in The Irish Times is French president Francois Hollande’s statement that Europe has an obligation to act over conflicts today

The French leader delivered a strongly worded speech at the meeting of European heads of state at the World War memorial yesterday in Belgium.

Hollande questioned “how can we stay neutral when people, not far from Europe, are fighting for their rights and territorial integrity?... How can we stay neutral when there are civilian populations being massacred in Iraq and minorities being persecuted in Syria?”

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