Northern Ireland

Newspaper review: NI and Republic of Ireland stories


Journalist Keith Baker takes a look at Monday's papers.

The DUP conference features heavily in the local papers.

The Belfast Telegraph headline reads: "Peter's gamble backed by DUP faithful."

Grassroots members, it says, have given overwhelming backing to their leader's call for an end to "no surrender" politics.

The paper has the results of a poll indicating that 90% of members endorse him as the man to take the party into the next assembly election - and they want more Catholics to join the DUP.

But other findings, the paper says, show that Mr Robinson still has work to do with just 8% saying they would encourage a relative to join the GAA.

Some of the journalists who heard Mr Robinson's weekend speech have been giving their view.

The News Letter's Rebecca Black says there were no "cringy" hand of history moments but there was a sense that the speech had been written for future generations of political students struggling to understand our country.

Diana Rusk in the Irish News says it was a picture of a brave new world - but is a shared future a genuine goal? The jury is out, she says.

Gerry Moriarty in the Irish Times says this was Robinson's "Big Society statement".

As for the conference itself, he says it was a predictable, flag-waving event with delegates enjoying themselves in their sober but ebullient manner.

If life was any better for them, he says, they would be worried.

The News Letter has a front page picture of the elderly brother and sister who were attacked and robbed at their home in Newtownabbey at the weekend.

The paper says Colin and Eileen Bell have been left penniless by what it describes as a "vicious attack".

It says there are calls for attacks on the elderly to carry an automatic jail sentence.

The Justice Minister David Ford's department also comments and says it is a subject which will be debated in the assembly later this week.

Elsewhere, the Irish News has more on child abuse at Lissue Hospital near Lisburn more than 20 years ago.

It says three nurses who were linked to the scandal are still working for the NHS.

And the paper says they are continuing to work with vulnerable children and adults.

Gary Speed is everywhere on the local papers and the sense of shock is everywhere too.

The Daily Mail says he was "loved, full of life, bright, funny".

The Sun says of the Wales manager: "In this land of mystical dragons, a burning flame has been extinguished."

The Guardian says that his completely unexpected death demonstrates how little anyone shows of their real life to the outside world.

Another footballer is headlined in the Mirror.

It reports that Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty, of Rangers, had the back window of his car smashed while he was getting fuel at a petrol station.

Police tell the paper they are treating the incident as sectarian. Celtic fans are being blamed.

Finally, the Daily Telegraph interviews Tatyana Limanova, the Russian TV newsreader who lost her job after brandishing her middle finger while reading an item about Barack Obama.

It was not a gesture about the US President, she claims. Her autocue had gone down and she was trying to encourage them to get it back up again, hence the upward-pointing finger.

She says she got fired only after the clip went viral on the internet.

"It was an unhelpful confluence of chance events. It was fate," she said.

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