Wednesday 21 February 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 the news that a lack of office space is risking high-value tech jobs in Dublin.

The story follows the news that the Dublin Web Summit is to relocate its flagship event  –  worth over €100 million to the economy – to Lisbon.

The paper also leads on a proposed scheme to give landlords tax breaks to encourage to accept tenants on welfare.

The Irish Times reports that the government coalition lacks enough support to retake power.

It says both Fine Gael and Labour need to gain a significantly bigger share of votes if they hope to be reelected.

It also features Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson’s rejection of claims he was to gain from the sale of Nama’s Northern Ireland’s property portfolio.

The Irish Daily Mail meanwhile leads with rural Ireland’s outrage over the Government’s plans to spend just €30 million to ‘facelift’ isolated villages and towns.

The paper quotes campaigners saying that rural towns need jobs, broadband for business, and gardaí – not a scheme for potted plants and paint jobs.

The Herald reports that there is just one ambulance for 300,000 people in North Dublin.

The paper says that due to delays in opening a €500,000 HSE station means that the only ambulance for the area is the Fire Brigade vehicle based in Swords.

Also on the front page is the story of a homeless man who rescued an unconscious woman from a house fire.

The Irish Examiner leads with Government plans to review prenup agreements.

A poll by the paper shows that three-quarters of farmers are in favour for prenuptial agreements being recognised in law.

The Irish Daily Mirror speaks to Celebrity Big Brother contestant Vicki Michelle, who says she could have been blinded after she was hit with a glass live on TV.

It also features a story about a pensioner forced to beg in North Dublin so she can keep her home heated.

Meanwhile The Irish Sun reports that children as young as 8-years-old are addicted to drugs.

It features an appeal from the ISPCC, who have asked the Government to tackle the issue by including funding for pre-18 treatment centres in the budget.

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