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 lead in both the News Letter and the Daily Mirror is the sad news of the death of former Radio Ulster broadcaster David Dunseith. Both call Mr Dunseith, who died of cancer, a "broadcasting legend."

The Daily Mirror recalls his time at UTV, as the Troubles started when, as he said, "a small parochial TV station was suddenly thrust into a war."

The News Letter adds tributes from a range of people, including the First and Deputy First Ministers. Both commended his journalistic abilities and fellow presenter Gerry Anderson says he was "a consummate gentleman".

The editorial in the Irish News says that David's "closest bond was with the ordinary people who were happy to offer him their thoughts on every issue under the sun."

In the Belfast Telegraph, Eddie McIlwaine says that David Dunseith "never lost the common touch" and "did indeed give the good folk of Ulster an opportunity to talk back."

There is more "royal" good news for Ireland and its fashion industry, in particular.

Apparently Kate has a bit of a penchant for Paul. The Duchess of Cambridge has been buying up some of Paul Costello's designs, prior to her visit to Canada. Zara Phillips is also very fond of Costello's work and he will have a hand in her wedding fashion, says the Irish Independent and of course, Irish milliner Philip Treacy's hats have been selling like hot fascinators all over the place.

The English papers have gone to town on the Canadian visit by Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, even if the prince is largely invisible in the pictures.

We are assured by the Daily Telegraph that they were both given "a tumultuous reception" by cheering fans in Ottawa. And The Times has a picture of a Mountie saluting, saying there were "screams of delight" as the Duchess stepped off the plane.

There are differing opinions on Thursday's striking civil servants' protest in the papers.

The Sun and Daily Express judge it "a flop", as did Number Ten, says the Daily Telegraph whilst the Guardian calls it "a textbook lesson in protest, as Miss and Sir chalk up a respectable result."

The Independent says it "was a perfect day to go on strike (while the tennis is on)," but that it would have been even better today, as Andy Murray plays his semi-final.

Wedding war

And there is another ongoing tournament. Following on from the email from the prospective mother-in-law, now the bride-to-be's father takes up the gauntlet.

Could it be the silly season, as it's still all over the papers on Friday? An email sent by prospective mother-in-law, Carolyn Bourne, criticising the etiquette of her son's fiancee, Heidi Withers.

Now comes episode two from the man the Express calls Heidi's "furious" father, Alan Withers.

The Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph say that he's called Carolyn "Miss Fancy Pants" since the two families first met. The couple have declined to comment, but the wedding is still scheduled to take place in October.

And finally, forget the received wisdom, lightning does strike twice.

In fact, says the Sun, one man is recovering, after being struck by lightning for the sixth time. He was last struck in 2007. Now Melvin Roberts of South Carolina says he will have to be more careful of lightning bolts.

"I ain't sayin' be afraid of it, but I'm going to have to learn to give it a little respect," he said.

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