Northern Ireland

What the papers say

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Journalist Fionola Meredith takes a look at what is making the headlines in Tuesday's newspapers.

The Irish Times notes that the world media spotlight has again fallen on Londonderry, with journalists from the USA, Italy, France, Russia, Nigeria and the Middle East arriving to witness what one local historian has called "probably the most historic day in Derry since the siege of 1688".

It's a "day for the victims," according to the Irish News. The paper's simple but striking front page pictures the bereaved families holding up images of their lost loved ones.

There's extensive coverage of the long-anticipated report in the News Letter too, which asks: "Twelve years, £190m - will it end here?"

Professor Roy Foster, writing in the Guardian, says that Bloody Sunday "changed the public language, placed armed struggle at the forefront of the agenda, and destroyed the credibility of the British state as peacekeeper in Northern Ireland".

Similarly, Fionnuala O'Connor in the Irish News says that Bloody Sunday may have proved only that the early Troubles defeated official Britain - that cover-up was the instinctive response.

"Cumbersome and costly the Saville Report may be," says Professor Foster in the Guardian, "but it's a necessary milestone on the road to peace."


"And besides," says David McKittrick in the Independent, "the effects of the events it deals with have been even costlier in terms of disruption, destruction, and lives lost."

The Belfast Telegraph and the Mirror focus on the local couple who abducted their own daughter.

"Give us back our baby," is the Mirror's headline.

The child's parents, Lucy Anderson and Stuart Creaney, who both have learning difficulties, claim they planned to take 17-month-old Sophie away because they feared the little girl would be adopted.

Mr Creaney tells the Telegraph that he does not regret snatching the child.

He insists that they deserve the chance to be a family, and want to prove that they are fit parents.

There is more about the vuvuzela horn in the Guardian.

Fierce debate

The paper says the BBC is investigating the possibility of transmitting an alternative vuvuvzela-free version of its World Cup coverage, as the fierce debate over the buzz of the horn looked set to be heading for football grounds all over Britain.

It also includes a handy panel on how to get a sound out of one of the things.

"Just pucker up your lips, and blow spurts of air into the instrument," it advises, "as though you were playing a trumpet."

The Times reports on the mystery of a lost camera's 1,000-mile aquatic journey.

A US coastguard, Paul Shultz, found the waterproof digital camera floating off the Florida coast.

It contained underwater footage of a turtle, as well as photos of a scuba diving trip, but no other evidence of who it belonged to.

So Mr Shultz started his own investigation, posting the pictures online and asking if anyone recognised them.

Eventually he worked out that the camera came all the way from a tropical island near Venezuela, over 1000 miles from Florida, and belonged to one Mr Dick de Bruin, a sergeant in the Royal Dutch Navy.

As for the images of the turtle on the camera, it's thought that the creature accidentally recorded a five-minute video segment of itself as it brushed by the camera and hit it with its flippers.

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