Wednesday 25 April 2018

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Today's front page of the Irish Independent.
Today's front page of the Irish Independent.
Maori war party performers move around Eden Park during a public memorial to remember New Zealand rugby legend Jonah Lomu in Auckland, New Zealand. (Brett Phibbs/New Zealand Herald via AP) Newsdesk Newsdesk

Six stories you need to know

Former president of the IFA Eddie Downey said he was "thrown under the bus" at a marathon meeting of farmers last week, according to the front page story of the Irish Independent this morning. He said that he had approval, and did not act on his own, when reaching a controversial €2m severance agreement with IFA general secretary Pat Smith. Asked whose approval he had needed, he said: "I think there is enough reputational damage done to people; mine has been shattered, my family have suffered enough pain, I have no intention of inflicting pain on other people."

Read More: Downey: IFA threw me under a bus 

The Labour Party will promise to end the 'baptism barrier' to school entry if re-elected to the next government. Tánaiste Joan Burton is desperate to regain traditional Labour voters with strong social policies in her election manifesto as some in her party feel outplayed by Taoiseach Enda Kenny in recent days on issues like abortion and low pay, the Irish Independent reports.

Read More: Labour promises to end 'baptism barrier' to school entry if re-elected  

A man who had sex with a 15-year-old girl he met after chatting with her online using a fake social media profile is pictured in most papers today. Conor O'Keefe (26) set up a profile as a teenage girl called "Julie" on the website and started chatting with the 15-year-old victim. He later claimed he was Julie's older brother "Adam" and in the early hours of the morning persuaded the girl to get a taxi to his house where they had sex. O'Keefe, of Oakdale Close, Ballycullen, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to sex with a child in July 2011. He was found guilty of a further count of sexual exploitation of a child by a jury last month following a three-day trial. He will be sentenced early next year.

Read More: Man used fake online profile to lure teen girl (15) to his home for sex 

One hundred and seven people are robbed every day in Dublin, official figures show. The Herald reveals today that people living in central parts of Dublin city are 60 times more likely to be the victim of a theft than in other parts of the country. So far this year there have been more recorded thefts and related offences in the Dublin Metropolitan Region than the country's five other garda regions combined.

Friends and family of Jonah Lomu have said a final farewell to the rugby great at a private funeral. The service was the last formal act of mourning for the 40-year-old former All Blacks winger who died on November 18. Lomu's wife Nadene, sons Brayley and Dhyreille, his mother and brother and All Blacks team-mates were among mourners who filled the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the South Auckland suburb of Mangere.

Read More: One final haka as All Blacks pay tribute to rugby giant Lomu  

The man accused of a shooting rampage at a Colorado family planning clinic that provides abortions has been told he will face first-degree murder charges over the deaths of three people killed in the stand-off with police. Speaking in a raspy voice, Robert Dear made his first court appearance via a video link from the jail where he has been held since surrendering after Friday's five-hour siege. The 57 year old gazed downwards during most of the hearing in Colorado Springs as victims' relatives watched from a courtroom.

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