Friday 23 March 2018

What it says in the papers

Freya Drohan

Freya Drohan

On all papers this morning, the breathtaking victory of the Irish women’s rugby team over the All Blacks.

The final score was 17-14.

The New Zealand team have not lost a World Cup game in 23 years.

The lead story on the Irish Independent is the shortage of GP doctors threatening to hold up the roll out of free GP care for everyone across the country.

While Leo Varadkar is keen to push ahead with extending free GP care for the entire country, it is thought that a shortage of GPs will mean a significant delay.

Also on the front page of the Irish Independent, a new study of the housing market says Dublin will require 90,000 new homes over the next seven years to meet the surging demand for family homes.

Dr Edgar Morgenroth of The Economic and Social Research Institute says that we need to build about 12,500 units a year up until 2021.

Jailed politician Ivor Callely will begin working as a gardener today in the grounds of Wheatfield Prison.

On the front page of The Herald: A Dublin physicist has been arrested after allegedly attacking a female lecturer in Portugal.

Colin Paul Gloster (34) was arrested over the incident and has been instructed to appear in court every week and forbidden to contact the victim.

On the Irish Examiner’s front page, a man convicted of two rapes fled through the fields after he was warned of approaching ‘hit men’.

Patrick ‘Lo Lo’ O’Driscoll, a member of the travelling community, was at his family’s halting site in Glenville, Co Cork, when his brother saw armed men approaching on a motorcycle.

O’Driscoll served 11 years of a 17 year sentence and was released last month.

Gardai are appealing for anybody with information to contact Fermoy Garda Station.

While staff from the Talbot Street branch of Supervalu have boycotted Israeli goods, chain owner Musgrave insists there is no national boycott.

Musgrave have issued a statement saying stock is ordered on an “ad hoc” basis and that although it sometimes sourced products from Israel there were no orders from there in the pipeline.

“We have sufficient stock from our usual supply market, with no goods ordered from Palestine and Israel at this time,” a spokesperson has said.

Headline of the day goes to The Irish Sun, which splashes with “I Nearly Shatter Myself”.

The paper reports that Alan Shatter had a “lucky escape” when his passenger jet narrowly avoided a catastrophic collision.

The Aer Lingus flight he was on had to slam on the brakes as it came down the runway at Dublin Airport to dodge an incoming aircraft.

It was a “terrifying incident” according to a passenger on the flight. 

In The Irish Daily Star, a Dublin councillor has called on An Garda Síochana to set up a specific unit to combat incidents of public lewdness and indecency on the streets of the capital.

In the last few days, a man was seen performing a sex act on a motorcycle, a group of men were seen injecting heroin into their groins and another man was seen wielding a golf club at four men during a heated argument- all in broad daylight.

“What we need is the creation of a specific Garda unit- a public domain unit- who will patrol the city centre in force to actively enforce public order legislation,” Councillor Mannix Flynn has said.

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