Northern Ireland

Newspaper review: NI and Republic of Ireland stories


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

The Irish News has a front page picture of a nine-year-old Belfast girl Leah Owens.

The picture was taken at the Royal Victoria Hospital where she is being treated for a fractured skull.

She was injured when a car went out of control at Cliftonville Circus at the weekend and crashed into a Chinese takeaway.

Eyewitnesses tell the paper what happened and they have praise for the woman who managed to push a baby in a pram out of the way.

Elsewhere and the News Letter concentrates on the death of two local sports figures at the weekend.

One was the motorcyclist Adrian McFarland, who died in a crash in the Czech Republic.


And a cricketer from Newtownards, Peter Ritchie died in a car crash near Clogher, just yards from the gates of Clogher cricket club where he was due to play.

The paper's headline - 'Sport stunned by tragic deaths'.

University tuition fees are raising their head again in the Belfast Telegraph.

The paper says four options are going to be put before the Stormont Executive.

One choice is to increase fees to £4,500.

Other options are to get the universities to sort out the £40m funding gap, or get the Department of Employment and Learning to absorb it. The final option is to get the money from the executive.

The Telegraph says the whole issue is so complex that most people would need a degree in finance or economics to understand the details.

The big international story - Libya of course.

Irish Times foreign correspondent Mary Fitzgerald has been breaking a few stories in her coverage over the past week.

This morning she talks to the Irish-Libyan who led the main rebel brigade into Tripoli.

Mahdi al-Harati is a teacher of Arabic who lives in Dublin with his Irish-born wife and family.

He is now the deputy leader of the Tripoli military council.

He says it will take six weeks to ensure full control of the city.

Several papers call for the new rulers to give up the man suspected of killing policewoman Yvonne Fletcher in 1984.

The Sun urges the new regime to do what's right and prove to the world that a new day has really dawned.

The Mirror says that to refuse to extradite him would be a slap in the face.

Meanwhile the Times says British arms exporters are cashing in on the Arab spring.

Charred corpses

Exports have apparently gone up by 30 per cent with weapons being sent to regimes in Libya, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

The paper says that when we look at pictures of charred corpses and rebels massacred by machine guns, it comes as an ugly shock to discover that many of Gaddafi's troops may have been using guns and bullets supplied by Britain.

The Independent has a piece written by the husband of the Sky News reporter Alex Crawford who provided remarkable reports last weekend when the rebels entered Tripoli.

Richard Edmondson says if you want to make his wife angry you could call her a female reporter or suggest she doesn't care much about her children.

If you want to end it all you could mix a fatal cocktail of the two.

Nothing angers my wife more, he says, than sexists who question her career.

He says when she comes home tomorrow it will be after a traumatic visit to Libya during which she's fought to get her message out and fought those who tried to pigeonhole her as a woman.

But he says one supreme challenge remains for her - the swaying pile of dirty crockery that's built up over the past two weeks.

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