Monday 19 March 2018

What it says in the papers

The front page of this morning's Irish Independent
The front page of this morning's Irish Independent

We take a look at the main stories in this morning’s papers.

The Irish Independent reports that the points race is heating up as students compete for jobs in the high-tech, engineering and financial worlds.

52,028 first round offers are being made to students across the country this morning.

Courses linked to expanding areas of the economy have seen the points requirement soar.

The Irish Times also leads on the CAO, reporting that the number of high point courses has risen by 25pc.

A ‘high points’ course is one requiring over 500 points for entry.

The paper also reports that Joan Burton is to ask Labour TDs and Senators to ratify a vote pact with Fine Gael ahead of the next General Election.

However it is believed that the pact will only be a commitment to enter government together, and will not be based on any common policy platform.

The Irish Examiner also leads with the CAO, reporting that the hike in points requirement for many courses has led to calls for reform.

The Herald leads with the story of a woman who visits serial killer Mark Nash twice a week in prison.

Martina Courtney (52) from Dublin also speaks to the murderer every day on the phone.

Conor Feehan reports that Ms Courtney has been visiting the notorious killer in prison for nine years.

“I’m not somebody going in blindfolded, like totally infatuated with Mark. Not at all.”, she tells the paper.

The Irish Daily Mail reports comments from the mother of Mags Corbett, the first wife of Jason Corbett who died in the US, saying she would want her children to return home.

Marian Fitzpatrick  said her grandchildren are all they have left of Mags.

Jack (10) and Sarah (8) are at the centre of a transatlantic custody battle following the death of their father.

The Irish Daily Star reports that Karen Buckley’s killer, Alexander Pacteau, looked up how to dispose of a body months before killing the nursing student.

The paper reports that the private school student made the web searches on his phone months before killing Karen.

Police trawled through the killer’s web history as part of their investigation into him.

The paper also reveals that Pacteau was bullied in school, and was suspected of killing a family pet.

The Irish Mirror reports on the death of an Irish backpacker in east Africa.

Dubliner Govan Jolliffe-Byrne (20) died after falling from a balcony at a nightclub in Tanzania.

His friend told the paper that in a recent conversation the NUI Maynooth student had said he was completely content with life.

Finally the Irish Sun reports that Yvonne Connolly has said how she is part of a ‘modern family’, ahead of ex-husband Ronan Keating’s wedding to dancer Storm Uechtritz.

The couple split in 2011, a year after details of Ronan’s affair with a dancer were revealed.

The former model told the paper that she has ‘embraced’ her independence.

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