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 has a front page photograph of John McAreavey that tells a wider story.

Michaela's "grieving husband" will be part of a 32-man Down squad. In the paper's Lucky 13 GAA supplement, Paddy Heaney analyses how the tragedy of Michaela's murder has brought a unity in time of tragedy to her father Mickey Harte and the Tyrone team.

And the difficulties of the Lough Erne resort are the lead in the Belfast Telegraph, with the "golfing jewel" said to be "struggling," as administrators are brought in to run the tourist attraction. The "opulent" five-star hotel and resort appears to have fallen victim to the worldwide economic downturn, says the paper.

The News Letter leads with a row that blew up between TUV leader Jim Allister and First Minister Peter Robinson on Thursday, the first day of the new assembly term. After the comments made by Mr Allister, the paper says that the TUV leader "may be a one-man band at Stormont, but he proved he is still intent on making himself heard".

And there's a silver lining in the dark financial clouds in the Republic - an unusual artistic benefit for the Irish nation. A painting by Belfast-born Sir John Lavery shown on the front of the Irish Times is to be given to the National Gallery in Dublin by the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA). The donation from NAMA is to be set against the cost of the gallery's storage of paintings from a property financier's collection.

Meanwhile, the Irish government has good news for people in mortgage difficulties there, as it pledges to change bankruptcy laws.

But the Irish Independent is in less positive form, leading with a new study in the south, which shows that those who "go it alone" are more likely to get another job, rather than take "poor advice" from government schemes.

The impact of the loss of Osama Bin Laden on al-Qaeda is still being analysed.

The Times reports that despite being "a virtual recluse" Bin Laden was "meticulously connected to al-Qaeda rank and file." To send an email, the terrorism chief would type it, copy it on a flash-drive and give it to a courier. They would then drive to an internet cafe and send it from there.

Teams of US experts are working in shifts to extract thousands of messages and hundreds of email addresses from the 110 flash-drives found in Bin Laden's residence in Pakistan.

Meanwhile, many of the papers focus on the prime minister's promise of a Scotland Yard review of the Madeleine McCann case.

The Sun and the Daily Mirror return to the attack on Neil Lennon, with the former paper reporting that the Celtic manager has told "pals" he is "not safe anywhere."

And blows to a united Europe, as governments review immigration laws. The Guardian leads with the demand by 15 countries to reverse passport-free travel across Europe. It says that the radical revision proposed, as a north African refugee influx is feared, deals a blow to "one of the cornerstones of a united, integrated Europe."

And finally, what is the aroma that will get you out of bed?

As ever, it seems to be a gender-based choice. The Daily Express Express reports that women respond best to the smell of coffee (as in 'wake up and smell the coffee' perhaps) whilst men love a full fry. Eggs, bacon, sausages, fried bread float their boat. The survey from a bedding firm also finds that a zesty shower gel is a good waking stimulant for women.

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