Monday 18 December 2017

What it says in the papers

The top stories this morning

The front page of today's Irish Independent
The front page of today's Irish Independent

Six of this morning's top stories:

  • The heartbroken parents who lost three sons to a murder-suicide have said they love all three and have never regretted fostering their eldest boy, Jonathan (21), whose mental-health problems were central to the tragedy. But Thomas and Helen O'Driscoll issued an emotional appeal for greater supports for mental-health services to ensure that no other family has to endure the horror that they are going through, the Irish Independent reports.
  • An overhaul of the €100 Water Conservation Grant is on the cards in a move that will help contain a revolt from Government backbenchers. Fine Gael is pushing for proposals to link the €100 grant to the payment of bills, the Irish Independent has learned.
  • Popular radio sports broadcaster Johnny Lyons was found dead in his home yesterday evening. The body of the 98FM sports editor and presenter was discovered at his apartment in Dublin city centre after friends became concerned when they were unable to contact him. He died peacefully, the Herald reports.
  • Residents of Ailesbury Road in Dublin 4 have called for the planning provision for large embassies in their area to be removed. The well-heeled avenue is already home to several embassies. However the use of Dublin 4 residential areas for embassies has long been controversial and residents groups in the area have voiced concerns over the location of large embassy buildings there.
  • A scheme to relocate hundreds of homeless Dublin families to vacant homes around the country will be considered by Government in the autumn, The Irish Times reports. Work on a “rural relocation scheme” for homeless families is at an early stage, a spokesperson for the Department of the Environment said yesterday but added it was one of a range of measures to tackle the spiralling homelessness crisis that would be discussed by the Cabinet Sub-Committee on Social Exclusion in the coming weeks.
  • Jason Corbett’s wife Molly Martens was seeking legal advice about divorce and custody of his two children two years before his death, according to US court papers. Ms Martens’ preparations for a possible split are contained in the court ruling that awarded guardianship of Mr Corbett’s two children to his sister Tracey Lynch, the Irish Daily Mail reports. The ruling should bring an end to Mr Martens’ legal efforts to win custody of Jack (10), Sarah (8), Mr Corbett’s children with his first wife Mags.

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