Thursday 18 January 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 Newsdesk Newsdesk

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

The Irish Independent leads with the controversy surrounding developer Johnny Ronan’s statement to the Banking Inquiry.

A German phrase widely associated with concentration camps was used to sign off his remarks.

Mr Ronan’s statement ended with the term ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ – meaning ‘work sets you free’.

Former Minister for Justice Alan Shatter led calls for the phrase to be redacted from the record.

Mr Shatter said it was ‘beyond comprehension’ that the phrase was published by the Oireachtas.

The Irish Times leads with the latest on the ongoing NAMA controversy.

Belfast developer Gareth Graham is to meet United States law enforcement agencies on Friday to discuss his claims about State agency Nama’s €1.6 billion sale of its northern Irish property loans to New York company, Cerberus.

The paper also reports results of a poll showing support for the government’s offer to take 4,000 refugees – however a significant minority say the figure is too high.

The Irish Examiner reports that former Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan has defended the settling up of Irish Water.

The EU Commissioner said he was only doing what was required by the Troika under bailout terms.

The Herald leads with news of the shooting of gangster Gary Hutch in Spain.

The 34-year-old was chased around a swimming pool by a masked gunman before being shot dead.

He had links to the Kinahan crime cartel and had survived previous attempts on his life.

Family members here had been approached recently by a man making threats against his life.

The Irish Daily Mail reports that women who have lost babies are being placed in wards beside newborns in some maternity hospitals.

The shocking revelations were made in front of the Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children yesterday.

The Irish Star also leads with the gangland hit in Spain.

Also on its front page is a story which claims Junior Minister Dara Murphy was driven 200km to the airport by gardai after his chauffeured car broke down.

The Irish Sun also leads with the shooting dead of Gary Hutch.

Louis Walsh is set to return to the X Factor, according to an exclusive on the paper’s front page.

The Mayo man will appear on the live shows as a fifth, neutral judge.

Insiders tell the paper the move was sparked after new judge Nick Grimshaw has failed to impress show bosses.

Finally the Irish Mirror reports that actress Vicki Michelle has said she could have been blinded after an incident on Big Brother’s spin off show.

She was allegedly struck by a champagne glass thrown by Farrah Abraham in a row with Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace.

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