Wednesday 25 April 2018

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Self-employed business people and farmers will be offered a tax break worth €1,650 over the next five years, starting in next week's Budget, reads this morning's Irish Independent.

This is on top of the cut in the Universal Social Charge of at least 1.5pc.

Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney also makes the front page of the newspaper after she has won the support of the UN in her fight to free the jailed former Maldivian president. On the other side of the case, the Maldives government is represented by the legal firm of Cherie Blair, wife of the former British prime minister.

Finance Minister Noonan features on the front page of the Irish Times as well with the headline reading: 'Noonan warns EU against tougher tax rules'. The Minister said he welcomed OECD proposals but says EU should not attempt to go further.

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

America's gun control laws are thrown into debate yet again this morning after an 11-year-old boy was taken into custody for the murder of his eight-year-old neighbour overnight.

An eastern Tennessee boy was in custody for murder on Monday for shooting and killing Maykayla Dyer with a shotgun because she would not show him her puppies, authorities said.

Maykayla Dyer shot by eleven-year-old neighbour because she wouldn't show him her new puppies (Photo: Dyer family)
Maykayla Dyer shot by eleven-year-old neighbour because she wouldn't show him her new puppies (Photo: Dyer family)

The unidentified boy was talking to three girls who were outside the window of his mobile home on Saturday evening and asked one of them if he could see her two new puppies, but the girl refused, according to Jefferson County Sheriff G.W. "Bud" McCoig.

The boy retrieved his father's 12-gauge shotgun, shot the girl in the chest from the window, and then threw the weapon outside by the girl's body, McCoig said.

Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao

The girl has been identified as Maykayla Dyer, a third-grader at White Pine Elementary School. The boy was in fifth grade at the same school, where counselors were on hand Monday to help the other children deal with the news, McCoig said.

Read more: Boy (11) shoots girl (8) dead 'because she wouldn't show him her new puppies'

South Korea's Chung Mong-joon has said he is facing a 15-year suspension by FIFA's Ethics Committee that has "sabotaged" his campaign for the FIFA Presidency, but he denied any wrongdoing and vowed to continue his bid to lead soccer's world governing body.

Speaking at a news conference in Seoul on Tuesday, Chung read out a nine-page statement, addressing the charges against him, which he dismissed as a ploy "to prevent me from running for the President of FIFA."

"The fundamental reason why I am being targeted is that I aimed straight at the existing power structure of FIFA," Chung said.

Bound by confidentiality rules, FIFA's Ethics Committee has not made any statements on Chung's case and there was no immediate response to his comments on Tuesday.

Read more: FIFA Presidential candidate Chung Mong-joon 'facing suspension'

Philippine boxing world champion and congressman Manny Pacquiao has announced he will take up a new challenge by running for a Senate seat in national elections next year.

Pacquiao, whose popularity transcends economic classes and makes him one of the most recognisable people in the Philippines, said late on Monday he was looking at one of the 12 Senate seats up for grabs in May.

"I am formally announcing my candidacy for senator. I am running for higher office," he said during an address in his home province of Saranggani, which he represents in Congress.

Read more: Star Philippine boxer Pacquiao declares he'll fight for Senate seat

Back at home, the Irish Examiner leads their front page with the court ruling on the Cork flooding and the 'ESB faces 'hundreds' of claims'. The newspaper reports that the ESB was found 60pc liable for damage to UCC, as residents and firms get set to seek damages.

'Garda chase smash teen dies' reads the front page of the Irish Daily Star this morning. The newspaper features a photograph of Barney Harty (16) who died after being in a critical condition following the crash. His brother and two friends, who were in the car at the time, said they 'aren't gangsters' and they want answers about the garda chase.

The Irish Daily Mirror leads with 'Brendan's agony' and reports how Ex-Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has jetted to Spain with his girlfriend following news of his sudden departure from Anfield.

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