Northern Ireland

What the papers say


Journalist Liz Kennedy takes a look at what is making the headlines in Friday's newspapers.

And starting with the local impact of the death of Colonel Gaddafi, he was "the man who brought murder to our streets" according to the Belfast Telegraph.

It lists locations of bombs which exploded from Newry to Osnabruck, Magherafelt to Moira and says that Gaddafi died "like a dog in the gutter".

"It's justice for mum and dad" is the News Letter's headline, under a picture of Michelle Williamson, whose parents were two of nine people killed in the Shankill bombing in 1993.

She says that it is apt that the Libyan leader's death came a few days before the anniversary of the bomb and the paper's editorial says that "few tears will be shed for Gaddafi", but that his fall may be followed by chaos in Libya.

The Irish News is one of the few to lead with another story, involving the non-appearance of Culture minister Caral Ni Chuilin at the opening of the Royal Ulster Academy exhibition. It features a picture of the woman murdered by her special adviser.

Her department says the minister was not invited to the event.

And there are graphic details and pictures of the end of the Libyan dictator's regime in other papers.

"A tyrant meets his end" is the headline in The Times, reporting that the badly injured 69-year-old former dictator's half-naked body was dragged along the ground, before his death.


A cartoon in the paper shows Gaddafi as a toppled icon, made of the wreckage of the plane at Lockerbie.

"Mad Dog put down" is the Sun's headline here, with later versions of their English edition going "That's for Lockerbie".

The Guardian says that Muammar Gaddafi was "no more the showman turned monster - just another slain tyrant hitting the dust with a thud".

Always "more than a maverick" is the Times' take and that "his buffoonery was calculated, his policy zigzags shrewdly opportunist".

In The Independent Robert Fisk writes you cannot blame Gaddafi for "thinking he was one of the good guys." He is pictured meeting cordially with a succession of world leaders.

And the Daily Mirror looks ahead, saying that the National Transitional Council in Libya "has yet another mountain to climb".

And the future of Libya - which may be precarious - is already under discussion in a number of the papers.

In the Irish Times the paper's foreign correspondent Mary Fitzgerald writes that liberation will be "formally" declared now.

She writes an obituary of Col Gaddafi, saying that "his eccentric ways obscured his brutality".

Elsewhere in the paper, other potential leaders are under scrutiny. That is the posse of presidential candidates in the Irish Republic.

And the truth is on offer for all, as one Irish firm offers lie detector tests for hopefuls, so that voters are better able to make their final decision.

The Irish Independent has a special supplement on the presidency from the first president Douglas Hyde to the current incumbent Mary McAleese.

It also reports on the Irish Book Awards, to be shown on TV for the first time. And Norther Ireland's own star poet Seamus Heaney will get a Lifetime Achievement Award at the black-tie event next month.

And finally, how you name your pet can be crucial.

A debate has been raging recently in the letters page of the Daily Telegraph, over what you call your cat.

One woman names her feline friends after curries, but the definitive warning is given over a neighbour who calls out the name of her cat every night, in public.

The cat is called Squeak.

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