Sunday 15 December 2019

What it says in the papers

The State is on course to recoup €3.5bn of the money taxpayers pumped into bailing out AIB, writes Donal O’Donovan in the lead story in today’s Irish Independent.

However, the sale of between 25pc and 30pc of the bank through a partial stock market flotation is likely to take place early next year. The Independent also devotes a large section of its front page about the massive drugs seizure in Cork last night. The story reveals that the cocaine gang behind the €80m haul was tracked for weeks.

The Herald also leads with the massive seizure of drugs in Cork. Elsewhere in the Herald, entertainer Twink reveals how relieved she is that her dog Teddy has been found safe and well.

The Cork drugs seizure dominates the rest of the front pages, with the Irish Mirror also leading with the story. The Irish Times has space on its front page for a story on former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan who has been strong criticised for his handling of the penalty points affair and whistleblowers in a draft report from the Dail Public Accounts Committee.

The Star leads with a story on Dubs star Jonny Cooper who was stabbed at the weekend. The Dublin defender has been pictured out and about and has met up with the taxi driver who cane to his aid.

The Irish Mail runs with a story on the war on terror and how the British Parliament to be recalled by the weekend to debate strikes on IS.

The Irish Sun also reveals that Alan Shatter is to appear on the Late Late Show tomorrow night and is to “stick the boot into former pal Enda Kenny”. 

Finally, the Examiner continues with the results of its farming survey with the news that majority of farmers are in favour of gay marriage.

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