Thursday 19 April 2018

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Berkeley families' statement, a planning appeal overhaul and Sinead O'Connor's words on her sick son.

The front of the Irish Independent reads 'Planning appeal overhaul to speed up building work'. The article reports that the Coalition will force the independent planning appeals body to explain its decisions to the public in an effort to speed up building projects. As a result of the lack of public engagement at the moment, decisions are being appealed to the courts. This is believed to speed up the process of smaller building works.

The Irish Times leads their front page with the headline 'State pays over €700m for refugee services in five years'. The newspaper reports that campaigners say figures show the need to streamline the claims processing procedure.

'Half of callers to helpline suffered abuse' reads the front page of the Irish Examiner. Sexual abuse in childhood was reported by more than half of callers to a telephone counselling service for the first six months of 2015. However, a shortage of resources means 14pc of calls go unanswered.

The Herald leads their front page with 'Berkeley 'heroes'' and the statement from the families of the survivors. 'Families of Berkeley survivors thank friends and medics for 'keeping our children alive' reads the headline. 

The front of the Irish Daily Mail reads '€48,000 a day bank shambles' and reads 'Banking Inquiry faces meltdown as new figures show cost rising'. A number of members of the committee have threatened to walk away this week, as well as there being a series of allegations from a whistleblower about the conduct of the inquiry.

Both the Irish Daily Mail and the Irish Sun lead with the story of Sinead O'Connor's son's illness. The singer cancelled her gigs for the rest of the year to care for her seriously ill son. 'Sinead's agony for sick son' reads the Mirror, while the Sun opted for 'Sinead: My child could die'.

Finally, the Irish Daily Star leads with 'Mass brawls' and the story of a priest who had to break up a fight outside his church yesterday on Dublin's Belgard Road.

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