Friday 23 August 2019

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

Donald Trump has denied mocking a disabled reporter.

The Republican presidential candidate said he does not know the reporter personally or what he looks like and was only mocking his journalism.

The New York Times reporter, Serge Kovaleski, "should stop using his disability to grandstand," Mr Trump said.

Mr Kovaleski has a congenital condition that affects joint movement.

Read more: 'He should stop using his disability to grandstand' - Donald Trump denies mocking disabled reporter 

In Bangladesh, gunmen opened fire on Shiite Muslim devotees during evening prayers at a mosque, killing one person and leaving three others injured.

There were at least five assailants, who fled after the attack in Haripur village, Bogra district police chief Mohammed Asaduzzaman said.

No-one claimed responsibility for the attack, which killed a mosque official in his 70s who had been leading the prayers. Three others were being treated at a hospital for bullet wounds.

A man draped in an American flag climbed over the fence at the White House, prompting a lockdown as the first family celebrated Thanksgiving.

The man was immediately apprehended and taken into custody pending criminal charges, the Secret Service said. The incident took place about 2.45pm local time.

An image of a man on top of a section of fence in front of the North Lawn was posted on the website of television station WJLA.

Read more: White House on Thanksgiving holiday lockdown after man jumps fence 

What it says in the papers

The Irish Independent reports that Enda Kenny was ‘bounced’ into paving the way for an abortion referendum by two of his most loyal Ministers.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe both made pleas for the party to outlien4 a clear

Party stalwarts were left stunned after Mr Kenny announced he would hold a citizens convention on the issue – however he said he would give Fine Gael TDs a free vote on the issue.

The Irish Times reports that Revenue may be responsible for collecting repayments of student loans under a new scheme.

Under the scheme, which is unlikely to be introduced before the election, graduates would pay back tuition fees only when their income exceeds a certain level.

In Australia, where a similar system is in operation, the level at which repayments kick in is once a graduate earns €36,000.

The Irish Examiner leads with details of a shocking report into surgery blunders.

A litany of serious incidents including sexual assaults, deaths and even an abduction are revealed in the report.

In another case, a surgery was performed on the wrong patient.

The Herald reports that an IRA thug been told he will be killed if he fails to hand over missing cash to dissident republicans.

David Dodrill (34) is due to be released from prison in the coming weeks after he was jailed for an extortion campaign.

The Irish Daily Mail reports that the IFA is at war with its former chief over a €2m payoff.

The farming body has sensationally accused its former general secretary of a ‘cover up’.

The Irish Daily Star reports that an elderly man was forced to lie on the floor in an A&E department.

‘What are you going to do now Minister Varadkar?’, the paper asks.

The Irish Sun reports on the case of a man who was jailed for criminally damaging an apartment in Cork.

The 37-year-old man kept his excrement and urine throughout the property – with gardai being alerted after a neighbour became concerned by the foul smell.

Finally the Irish Mirror reports that 284,000 Irish people have admitted getting behind the wheel after drinking.

40pc will have had two or more drinks, according to research.

The news comes as gardai prepare to launch their biggest ever festive crackdown on the roads.

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