Northern Ireland

Newspaper review: NI and Republic of Ireland stories


With a look at the morning papers, journalist Mike Philpott...

And concern grows on the front pages over the whereabouts of Karen Coyles. The front of the Belfast Telegraph features photographs of Karen and the rescue teams who spent Tuesday searching land and sea for any sign of her.

The paper says hundreds of people on the north coast joined the search as the mystery of her disappearance deepened.

The Irish News has a big picture of Karen in her camogie kit, and reports that she went missing only hours after captaining her team to an all-Ireland victory.

The paper says friends and family have described her disappearance as "completely out of character".

The News Letter also has a front page picture of a search team at work, but its biggest headline goes to the decision to scrap plans for on-street parking charges in 30 towns and cities. The paper says traders have welcomed the move.

International and local matters compete for space on the front pages in Dublin. The Irish Times looks at the latest attempt to avert further crisis in the Eurozone, as fears grow that Greece might default on its debts.

The paper says global leaders are losing patience, and the US President Barack Obama has intervened to urge European leaders to take responsibility for the crisis. He told Spanish newspapers that weakness in the global economy would persist until the problem was resolved.

Another politician under pressure is the Republic's Education Minister, Ruari Quinn. The Irish Independent talks of deep-rooted problems in the teaching of maths, and says a new report by an international think-tank has claimed that the failures "start at primary school level".

There is not much agreement on a main story in London. Every paper has a different headline. The Times leads with an opinion poll that won't make happy reading for the Labour leader, Ed Miliband. According to the poll, nearly two-thirds of voters can't imagine him as Prime Minister.

The Daily Telegraph reports that parents in the UK are trapping their children in "a cycle of compulsive consumerism" by showering them with gifts to compensate for a failure to spend time with them. The research found that children in Spain and Sweden, where consumerism is less deeply embedded, are much happier.

The Independent has a story detailing the full extent of phone hacking in Fleet Street, and says files seen by the paper's reporters indicate that one private investigator had 17,000 requests to engage in the practice. A former police officer claims the authorities have known for eight years that it was happening "on a vast scale" but failed to act because of a fear of the media.

Finally, news of the worst opening weekend for any film in history. The Times reports that the horror film Creature opened in cinemas across America last Friday, and now that the box office receipts have been totted up, it seems an average of three people attended each screening.

In financial terms, that makes it the least successful movie ever. It took $220 (£140) at each cinema, or - to put it another way - about the same as one single row of movie-goers spent on popcorn at the last Harry Potter film.