Newspaper review: NI and Republic of Ireland stories


Journalist Keith Baker takes a look at what is making the headlines in Monday's newspapers.

Pictures of the Tottenham riots fill many front pages.

"London's burning"... the main headline in the Mirror.

"Carry on looting", the Daily Telegraph, writing about crowds ransacking stores in broad daylight.

"Rioters aged 7", says the Sun.

There is also criticism of the fact that Tottenham's police chief was on holiday.

The Daily Mail says he flew off just hours before the mayhem started, even though, as the Sun says, there had been an alert about simmering anger over the police shooting of Mark Duggan.

Questions are being asked this morning. The Times headline - "Did the police fire the bullet that started the riots?"

It, and the Guardian and Mail, highlight initial tests on a bullet which was found lodged in a radio worn by a police officer during that incident.

The tests suggest that it was police issue and therefore not fired by the man who was subsequently killed.

Absent PM

David Cameron is under scrutiny in the Mirror. He's on holiday in Italy.

The Mirror says that as London reeled from the most devastating riots in the capital for 25 years, he was busy sipping cocktails, having tennis lessons and making up with a waitress he forgot to tip.

But in the Mail a Downing Street spokesman defends Mr Cameron. He says - the prime minister is always in charge, wherever he might be. Technologically you can be in contact anywhere.

Of course, the London riots aren't his only problem. There's the small matter of the world economic situation.

The Times writes of Europe spending billions to avert financial meltdown - "a dramatic intervention", it says, by the European Central Bank.

A desperate bid to contain the crisis, The Independent calls it.

The Irish Times writes of fears of further turmoil in the markets.

The Belfast Telegraph focuses on the how we are likely to be affected in Northern Ireland.

But it says that as Finance Minister Sammy Wilson convenes an emergency meeting of Ulster's top business brains, a leading economist has called for cool heads.

Independent expert Philip McDonagh said: "No need to panic".

Adding, there's not a lot we can do until the markets find some comfort that the crisis is being tackled in a firm and resolute way.

Close encounter

The Irish News highlights a dramatic incident at a GAA match.

This was a match in Newry yesterday where the referee collapsed during injury time and just as he'd awarded a free kick.

The Irish News says his life was saved by a member of one of the clubs who knew how to use a defibrillator - all the grounds are equipped with them these days.

The referee, Gabriel Tumelty, is recovering in hospital and the abandoned match is due to be replayed next Monday.

Finally, the Irish Times reports that the famous film director Steven Spielberg was on his way by private jet to Monaco recently but he stopped off at Shannon first.

The reason - he fancied a bit of cheesecake and so he drove all the way to Ballyvaughan in County Clare to get it.

He'd been to the town's tearooms once before, two years ago, and he enjoyed the cheesecake so much on that occasion that he had to go back for more.

So that's twice he's been there now. If he comes back again, that'll be a close encounter of the third kind.

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