Northern Ireland

What the papers say


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

The Belfast Telegraph reports that the dispute over lawyers' fees is turning increasingly bitter. It says one firm which agreed to work for lower payments under the legal aid scheme has now withdrawn, after what the paper calls "hostility" from other solicitors.

It reports that the dispute is turning "increasingly toxic", and those who are willing to break ranks have been branded as "scabs". A comment piece on an inside page says our justice system "is being turned into a laughing stock."

While the lawyers claim they are motivated by the quality of justice, it says, financial profit is surely a pretty big factor.


The Irish News leads with a report that children with diabetes are missing out on insulin injections at school because teachers are afraid to administer them. The paper says some pupils are effectively being excluded from classes and are falling behind with their work.

For the News Letter , the big story is the unveiling of a sculpture in Lisburn paying tribute to the UDR.The paper says the city came to a standstill as hundreds of former soldiers paraded to the ceremony.

Money is the main topic in Dublin.

The Irish Times reports that new judges are among those who will have their pay cut under plans to reduce the salaries of highly paid public servants. The story says the government will impose a pay ceiling for new entrants and will ask those already in the job to take a voluntary reduction.

The Irish Independent leads with the fact that a number of leading businessmen in the Republic have lost millions of euro because of a collapse in the share price of a leading investment company. Some have seen the value of their portfolios plummet by 80%.

The papers in London report on mutiny within both Tory and Labour political camps.


According to the Daily Telegraph, David Cameron is facing a backlash because of what it calls his climbdown on reform of the health service. It says he is having to appeal to his newest MPs for support in the face of a backbench revolt.

The Mail claims ministers are also about to backtrack on a promise to cap state benefits at £26,000 a year. The paper describes it as "a sop to the Lib Dems" and says it will anger Tory MPs who are already furious over the NHS reforms.

The Sun turns its attention to Ed Miliband, and says plots are being hatched to dump him as Labour leader. The Guardian says he looks like a strangely lonely man. The Independent says he looks remarkably short of friends. But the Mirror calls on his opponents to show some unity.

Finally, the Mirror reveals that Superman is about to get a makeover. It seems he is going to stop wearing his underpants over his tights and go for a more macho look.

According to the paper, DC Comics is about to relaunch him with a new outfit that includes sturdy denim turn-ups. But at least he gets to keep his red cape.

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