What it says in the papers
The smiling face of tragic Karen Buckley features on all this morning's front pages.
1. Body identified as Karen Buckley
All of the Irish national newspapers lead with the tragic discovery of the body of missing Irish student Karen Buckley. Karen went missing during a night out with friends last Saturday in Glasgow where she was studying a masters degree. Yesterday, a body found on a farm a few miles north of Glasgow was formally identified as that of Karen Buckley. Photos of a smiling Karen, as well as poignant tribute messages left by friends and strangers alike, feature on all the front pages.
2. Possible grant for first-time buyers
In other news, the front of the Irish Independent reads ‘State plan to fund grants for first-time home buyers’. The newspaper reports that first-time buyers could receive state-funded grants to help them meet the strict Central Bank deposit limits. The plan is currently being reviewed by Environment Minister Alan Kelly.
3. Girl (7) 'couldn't breathe' during attempted kidnapping
The Herald features the story of a seven-year-old girl who was left traumatised for her life after a man threw a coat over her head and tried to grab her from the street on her way home from school. Helena McQuillan told the newspaper she ‘couldn’t breathe’ during the ordeal.
4. Ramp plans for Dublin cyclists
‘Ramps to keep walkers and cyclists apart’ reads the front page of the Irish Times. The newspaper reports that pedestrian ramps to stop walkers wandering into the path of cyclists are included in the new re-design proposals for the Dublin Bay cycle path. Last year, Dublin City Council considered installing speed ramps as a ‘bicycle-calming measure’ on the Clontarf section of its flagship Sandymount to Sutton cycle route.
5. Technology beats all
Meanwhile, you could be downloading a new app onto your phone after reading this story on the Irish Examiner this morning. ‘Stolen iPhone found by owner using tracking app’ reads the front page of the newspaper. A woman who had her iPhone stolen at a nightclub in Kilkenny used the ‘Find My Phone’ app to track it down… to a repair shop in Cork. Her find led to a Garda inquiry which revealed 13 stolen phones that had been taken under similar circumstances were being sold in the shop.