Northern Ireland

Newspaper review: NI and Republic of Ireland stories


Journalist Liz Kennedy takes a look at what is making the headlines in Friday's newspapers.

The Irish News reports that nine people were arrested last Sunday after disturbances outside and in the common areas at the Odyssey complex in Belfast.

They are reported to have followed an Old Firm match between Rangers and Celtic.

Club owners have now agreed with police on a voluntary early closure over the next two Sundays.

The paper's editorial says that it's "extremely worrying" that such violent confrontation has taken place in a facility built as "a showpiece entertainment development" for all.

The Belfast Telegraph focuses on the allegations about the private life of Ulster Unionist Party political adviser Dr Brian Crowe, which it disclosed on Thursday.

They were followed by the dismissal of the former head of policy. The paper says it shows "the murkier side of the battle to access corridors of power".

Draw a line

The News Letter headline says the "battle" is on to save the Ulster Unionist Party.

Leader Tom Elliott is said to be hoping to draw a line under the sacking of Dr Crowe and Thursday's on-air dispute between other members of his party.

The paper's editorial says it's time for "strong and very decisive leadership" from Tom Elliott.

The "failure" to catch the rapist known as the "Night Stalker," is a concern for many papers.

The Times calls them the Scotland Yard "blunders" that allowed Delroy Grant, now convicted, to strike again and again on elderly victims for ten years after he was first identified as a suspect.

The Met has now apologised for the delay, according to the Guardian.

The Mirror says "evil walked free" and asks what the price was in destroyed lives, because of what it calls the "shocking failures" of police.

A "top homicide investigator" finally used some "old-fashioned detective work".

He flooded an area of Croydon with 70 undercover officers to set up what the paper calls "a giant rat-trap".

Second body

The papers have a lot of coverage of the discovery of a body in the search for missing 22-year-old Sian O'Callaghan and the arrest of a minicab driver.

The Sun leads with the search for a second body of a woman said to have been killed ten years earlier.

The Irish Times says that Taoiseach Enda Kenny is under pressure from his Euro-zone partners to avoid previous errors on the financial front, but he is hoping to deflect pressure until the results of "bank stress tests" next week.

The Irish Independent says the Republic's government is calling for more money from the EU to "end the banking crisis once and for all".

Portugal's failing economy is also looked at, and what its bailout means for the Irish economy.

Its summary is that there needs to be a "comprehensive solution" for indebted countries on the periphery of the Eurozone.

Regrets, apparently, depend on your gender, according to the Mail. Whilst men may walk away without much afterthought, women it seems, may brood for years after a relationship breaks down or a family argument.

An American study shows that longer-ago regrets, particularly with women, tend to be on lost opportunities or things they could have done differently.

Many men say "what was their problem?" and walk away with often not even a second thought.

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