Tuesday 28 January 2020

What it says in the papers

The front page of today's Irish Independent
The front page of today's Irish Independent

Here are 7 stories in this morning's papers that you need to know about.

1) Scale of education divide exposed

‘Children of farmers are three times more likely to go to college’ reads the front of today’s Irish Independent. The newspaper reports on the ‘scale of education divide exposed’ 20 years after fees were abolished. Education Editor Katherine Donnelly writes that the sons and daughters of farmers are three times more likely to go to college than the average school-leaver. They have a better chance of finding themselves in college than the children of professionals such as lawyers.

2) Developments in the abortion case

The controversy around the young woman who was refused an abortion and had her baby delivered by Caesarean section still features on the front pages of national newspapers this morning. ‘Abortion case girl ‘got lost in system’’ reads the front of the Irish Independent. The Irish Times reads, ‘HSE told of concerns for woman in abortion case in May’. It is reported that the Irish Family Planning Association contacted the HSE in May.

3) Lack of patient checks at hospitals putting lives at risk

‘Lack of patient checks puts lives at risk’ reads the front of today’s Irish Examiner. The newspaper reports that hospitals do not routinely conduct pre-operative assessment, meaning a patient not fit for day surgery could end up going under the knife without any potential risks identified.

4) Sex assault at the Rose of Tralee festival

Today’s Herald leads with the headline, ‘Sex assault after Rose gig’. The newspaper reports that a young woman with special needs suffered a violent sex attack after a music gig at the Rose of Tralee festival’s opening night.

5) Pat Kenny reveals his next big move

Former RTE broadcaster Pat Kenny revealed his latest move yesterday – a presenting role on the new UTV Ireland alongside his current Newstalk radio show. ‘Pat’s UTV gold’ reads the front of the Irish Daily Star. The Irish Independent leads with, ‘It’s back to the future for Pat as new show to rival Tubridy’s Late Late’. ‘Pat does a U’turn – Kenny’s back on the box for UTV’ reads the Irish Examiner. And the Irish Mirror more than eludes to Pat’s TV past, writing, ‘Pat’s new Late Late Show’.

6) Pope Francis ‘may be forced to quit’

Pope Francis has said he may only have ‘two or three years ‘ to live and could follow his predecessor Benedict’s lead and opt for an early retirement. ‘Pope: I may be forced to quit’ reads the front page of the Irish Daily Mail. ‘I may only have just two or three years to live, says Pope’ reads the Irish Independent.

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7) Rose of Tralee crowned in Tralee

Philadelphia Rose Maria Walsh smiles out from the majority of the national front pages this morning. The Boston-born 2014 Rose of Tralee winner beamed as she was crowned the festival winner. ‘Crowning moment for new Rose Maria’ reads the Irish Independent. ‘Maria blooms at the Dome’ reads the front of the Irish Examiner.

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