Tuesday 20 March 2018

What it says in the papers

The front page of the Irish Independent
The front page of the Irish Independent
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Here are the top stories you need to know this morning

1. Teachers call off industrial action

'Coalition cave-in on Junior Cert reforms' reads the front page of today's Irish Independent. Teachers are set to call off all industrial action after the Government took a step back on their plans for Junior Cert reform. Teachers have said they will mark classroom work, but not for the Junior Cert grade.

2. Hours to go before referendum

The Irish Times leads with more on tomorrow's upcoming referendum. 'Yes vote will 'obliterate prejudice', says Kenny, the front page reads. The newspaper reports that 'vote-tightening' and 'significant No side has emerged in final days', Ministers said yesterday.

3. Energy price rise 'deliberate'

'Energy price rise deliberate under FF coalition' reads the front page of the Irish Examiner. The newspaper reports that Cowen's government hiked cost to households 'to spare big firms'.

4. Prince Charles visits Mullaghmore

'Hand of friendship' reads the caption of the front page's photograph, an image of Camilla, wife of Prince Charles, meeting Robert Howarth (94) at the Peace Garden in Sligo. The prince and his wife paid a poignant visit to Mullaghmore, where his great-uncle Lord Mountbatten was killed by an IRA bomb in 1979. The Irish Times also leads with a photograph of both Prince Charles and Camilla at Mullaghmore.

5. Six hospitalised night of Ana Hick's death

Both The Herald and the Irish Daily Mail lead with a new angle on the tragic death of Ana Hick, an 18-year-old girl who died after she collapsed outside a Dublin nightclub on Saturday night.

'Six in Ana pills scare' reads the front page of The Herald. The newspaper reports that six people were treated in hospital after taking ecstasy on the same night that Ana collapsed. All six people had also been at the Twisted Pepper nightclub and fell ill after taking the pills.

The Irish Daily Mail leads with 'Ana drug suspect was back dealing next day'. Security sources told the newspaper the man suspected of selling ecstasy to Ana Hick was back dealing in the same area as the tragic teenager fought for her life in hospital.

6. Irish ace Stokes 'asked to help get guns'

'Stokes 'asked to help get guns'' reads the front page of the Irish Daily Star. The newspaper reports that a man accused of plotting to kill former UFF member Johnny 'Mad Dog' Adair asked Ireland soccer ace Anthony Stokes for help in getting guns. Details of the approach emerged in court yesterday.

7. Irishman arrested over Hatton Garden diamond heist

Meanwhile, both the Irish Sun and the Irish Daily Mirror lead with the latest on the Hatton Garden heist arrests. 'Irishman quizzed on €83m raid' reads the front page of the Irish Daily Mirror. The Irish Sun leads with 'Plumber's €28m quiz - Irish dad Hugh (48) held over record gem heist'.

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