Northern Ireland

What the papers say


Journalist Keith Baker takes a look at Monday's newspapers.

Belfast guitarist Gary Moore, who died in a hotel room in Spain, is pictured on several front pages.

The headlines praise his talent. The Belfast Telegraph calls him a "genius of the guitar, a fretboard wizard admired around the world".

The Irish Independent recalls how George Harrison once complained that "Gary Moore makes me sound like a skiffler".

And The Times does him the honour of an obituary taking up almost a full page.

It calls him one of the most technically gifted guitar virtuosos of his generation.

Parisienne Walkways, it says, was exquisite.

In the Mirror, broadcaster Stuart Maconie says Gary Moore licks and riffs will be on many an iPod today and many a grown man will be dabbing away a tear.

The Irish News has a headline about how schools bring in substitute teachers.

The paper says schools are going to be penalised for snubbing young teachers and bringing in prematurely-retired staff instead.

It says tough new guidelines are being drawn up to ensure that teachers who retire early stay retired and that thousands of out-of-work graduates are given a chance to kick-start their careers.

The Irish News has its own thoughts on this. It says that no doubt there'll be conflicting reactions from within the world of education but it thinks the newly-qualified must come first.

Soldier's death

The News Letter concentrates on the death of the young Bangor soldier David Dalzell in Afghanistan.

The paper has the thoughts of his parents who say his death leaves a void that will never be filled.

And the Belfast Telegraph front page has more on the story about late cancer diagnoses and the RVH consultant in oral medicine who's currently under investigation.

The paper reports how 117 patients received letters at the weekend, asking them to return for a check-up.

But it says four patients who died after receiving late diagnoses may never even have been told of the blunder.

The Dublin papers focus on the Irish election campaign.

The Irish Times reports that Fianna Fail is issuing its manifesto on Monday and will suggest that anyone who gets a job as a cabinet minister shouldn't be hampered by having to do constituency work.

And there'll be a TV debate involving the party leaders on Tuesday night.

However, Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny won't be taking part. The Irish Independent says his absence has sparked accusations that he's running scared.

'Floating voter'

Meanwhile, both papers have the same front page picture. It shows a candidate handing an election leaflet to a swimmer clambering up the steps of the outdoor bathing area at Dublin's Great South Wall.

The headline in the Independent says he's "chasing the floating voter".

Finally, the Daily Telegraph has a review of one of the most talked-about musicals - for all the wrong reasons - Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark which is being previewed in New York before its official opening.

There's music written by Bono and the Edge but the review says there isn't a single memorable song in the course of the show's punishing two and three quarter hours.

And there are numerous technical hitches which have already been much written about.

The Telegraph reviewer witnessed one.

The chief villain dangled helplessly for several minutes over the audience on a wire on which he was supposed to be flying.

A voice said - "Sorry folks. Just a moment and we'll be back with you".

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