Monday 18 December 2017

While you were sleeping: The stories you missed overnight

Today's front page of the Irish Independent.
Today's front page of the Irish Independent. Newsdesk Newsdesk

We take a look at the main stories from overnight and what it says in today’s papers.


A massive fire has raged at an event in Mumbai meant to showcase India as an attractive destination for billions in foreign investment. There were no casualties and the week-long Make in India event was not cancelled. Nevertheless the incident is being viewed as an embarrassment for the government because the event is among prime minister Narendra Modi's most ambitious economic initiatives and aims at making the country a manufacturing hub on par with neighbouring China.

Read More: Massive fire tears through event in Mumbai 

Former US president George Bush will be campaigning for his younger brother Jeb in South Carolina, marking his most direct entry into the 2016 White House race to date. George Bush won a bruising South Carolina presidential primary on his way to the Oval Office, as his father did before him. But for Jeb Bush, the most consequential foreign policy decisions of his brother's time in office are suddenly front-and-centre of his bid to keep alive his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination - thanks to rival Donald Trump.

Read More: Former US president George Bush hits brother Jeb's campaign trail in South Carolina 

The papers:

Meanwhile, at home, the Irish Independent leads with a political poll and the story that Taoiseach Enda Kenny has repeatedly refused to rule out doing business with Micheál Martin. He said he does not "contemplate" doing business with Fianna Fáil - but declined to rule out such a scenario after the General Election. The comments came as a Red C opinion poll for 'The Sunday Business Post' showed falls in support for Fine Gael and Labour in comparison to increases for Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin.

Read More: Kenny opens door to 'grand coalition' with Fianna Fáil 

The Herald leads with the story that the sons of feared cartel boss Christy Kinahan have arrived in Dublin ahead of the funeral of slain gangster and trusted associate David Byrne. Daniel and Christy Jnr landed in the capital shortly after 4.30pm yesterday on a Ryanair flight from Faro, Portugal. Their trusted lieutenant 'Fat Freddie' Thompson was on hand to welcome the brothers back ahead of his cousin's funeral today in the Liberties. The story is also featured on the front pages of the Irish Sun, the Irish Daily Mirror, the Irish Daily Star, and the Irish Daily Mail.

The Irish Examiner leads with the story that pregnant women attending one of the country’s leading maternity hospitals are exposed to “an unacceptable level of risk” because of failure to routinely offer a scan designed to detect foetal abnormalities. Consultant obstetrician/gynaecologist Keelin O’Donoghue outlines potential consequences for parents and staff at Cork University Hospital, including the “distressing and traumatic event” of parents finding out after birth that their child has a major foetal anomaly.

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