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Thursday 18 January 2018

What it says in the papers

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

The Irish Independent leads with claims by Taoiseach Enda Kenny that gangs are using night vision goggles to evade Gardaí during raids on rural homes.

Mr Kenny said the Government is preparing to invest in specialist vehicles to track the roaming gangs.

Meanwhile Finance Minister Michael Noonan has announced a lucrative €4,000 tax break for Irish families refurbishing their homes will be extended until 2016.

The paper today comes with a special Ploughing Championship supplement.

The Irish Times reports the Government is considering a revised Metro system to link the Dublin city centre with Dublin Airport and Swords in North Dublin.

The paper also leads on the news that the European Union is bracing itself for a backlash over refugee quotas.

The paper focuses on the news that a number of Eastern European leaders said they will reject any imposed quotas.

The Irish Daily Mail meanwhile leads with farmers dismissing advice from Gardaí asking homeowners to keep their lights on to deter burglaries.

The paper quotes Irish Farmers' Association President Eddie Downey saying more patrol cars and Gardaí are needed to tackle rural crime – not more light.

Also featured is Pope Francis’ visit to the United States, and government plans to introduce guidelines for combating work related stress.

The Herald reports that a soup kitchen in Dublin’s city centre has been closed down because it did not have a permit.

The incident happened at the weekend with the group March for the Homeless, who said dozens of people queuing were left hungry.

The paper also features Hollywood star and Irish actor Jack Reynor saying he has no plans to steal his wedding pictures.

The Irish Examiner says the country is ready for a gay Taoiseach, according to a national poll of farmers.

Also featured is the growing rifts in the Labour party and news that cabinet ministers are rallying around Enda Kenny to defend him from claims he has been “dishonest” about his role in the resignation of former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.

The Irish Daily Star leads on claims that convicted killer Graham Dwyer had posted his rape fantasies online more than 13 years ago – leading the paper to ask if Elaine O’Hara is his only victim.

The Irish Daily Mirror leads with the story of a family-of-four forced to abandoned a Dublin city hostel because it was surrounded by “drug addicts and alcoholics”.

Meanwhile The Irish Sun reveals that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has split from his wife of fire years.

The Frenchman separated from his 59-year-old partner Annie following “months of speculation that their marriage was on the rocks,” says the Irish Sun.

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