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.

Three months after his daughter Michaela McAreavey's death, her father Mickey Harte has spoken of his grief.

It makes for very moving reading. The Mirror headline sums up the Tyrone GAA manager's feelings: "I don't hate Michaela's killers."

He says that since his daughter was found dead on her honeymoon in Mauritius in January, her spirit is "a constant companion," which keeps him calm.

He says that hatred would not be appropriate, as it was not part of his daughter's nature, but that he has "an ache in his heart" from the loss "that won't go away and never will".

Meanwhile, a warning from the chairman of the Police Federation of Northern Ireland over the disbandment of the full-time reserve unit of the Police Service of Northern Ireland is the lead in the News Letter.

Terry Spence thinks that the country cannot afford to lose 270 front-line officers, whilst terrorist activity continues.

The Irish News shows the man accused of a bomb hoax in north Belfast this week.

'Blazing rows'

The pain of politics is laid bare in the Belfast Telegraph.

"Blazing rows, ferocity and male domination" are what go on around the Stormont Executive table, the paper reports, as the decision-making process there is branded "high-handed" by one outgoing minister.

On the Irish financial front, several papers try to make sense of all the zeros, with the latest bank bailout.

Banks in the south need another 24bn euros. The Irish Times has five bail-out bubbles with various amounts in them on its front page, as it points out that it is the fifth time that the banks have been bailed out since 2008.

The paper also pictures a cheerful lottery winner from County Cork. Postman Pat Broderick won 7m euros.

The paper reports that if he had won 9,999 times more, he would have had enough to bail Ireland out - for the moment.

The Irish Independent carries the same two stories with the hopeful headline that it is a "new era for banks after the bail-out".

But the Irish Central Bank governor is a little more downbeat inside the paper.

'No good way'

Professor Patrick Honohan said it was "the best way forward, but there is no good way forward."

There is a lot of coverage of the reaction to the arrival of the Libyan foreign minister in London.

There is "a dilemma over the defector" according to the Daily Telegraph and the Mail asks why Moussa Koussa was given sanctuary.

The Sun says that if the defection hastens Colonel Gaddafi's downfall, it is a positive move, but that there must be no deals to let the man it dubs an "evil" envoy off the hook.

The Times says that the Gaddafi dictatorship was "splintering" on Wednesday night, amid signs of a fresh wave of defections and disarray among senior officials in Libya.

The Guardian reveals that the Libyan government sent a senior aide - the Independent says 10 or more aides to Colonel Gaddafi - to London for confidential talks in recent days and says that there is "increasing evidence" that his sons want a way out of the crisis in Libya.

And finally, it is 1 April, any good jokes?

There is the zimmer skateboard in the Daily Express, the microzimmer which an English granny is speeding round on or the "break out the bunting for Ed's wedding" in the Daily Telegraph. But no growing spaghetti.

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