Northern Ireland

What the papers say


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

There's a dramatic front page picture in the Irish News. It shows Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness looking at a row of houses in Londonderry perched on the edge of a sharp drop after a landslide caused by torrential rain.

The paper says up to 12 families may have to spend Christmas out of their homes.

Lord Bannside, better known as Ian Paisley, dominates the front of the News Letter, after he preached his final sermon at his church in east Belfast. The story says he referred to his readiness to die and to his firm belief in everlasting life.

For the Belfast Telegraph, the big issue is an attack by the DUP on what it calls "BBC star salaries" after a delegation from the National Union of Journalists gave evidence to a Stormont committee about cutbacks at the corporation.

The Daily Mirror has a front page story about the death of a man who was found critically injured outside a shopping centre in Bangor. It says mystery surrounds what happened.

It's a familiar story on the front pages in Dublin, where money is the dominant theme. The Irish Times says the Irish government is engaged in talks with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund to try to ease the country's debt burden.

But the Irish Independent says the government's pledge to cap public sector pay is being seriously undermined as it pays to attract top talent. The paper reports that the new deputy governor of the Central Bank is being paid 50,000 euro above the limit.

There's very little consensus on a lead story in London. The Daily Telegraph reports that David Cameron is under pressure to resist demands that Britain contribute £25bn to a new eurozone bailout.

The Guardian, meanwhile, notes that 700 top jobs are to go at the Ministry of Defence after it was claimed that the department had become top-heavy with senior officers and civil servants.

For the Daily Mail, the big story is the irony of a doubling of winter fuel payments to British expatriates living in Europe's warmest countries. The paper says pensioners in countries such as Spain, Cyprus, Portugal and Greece are receiving more than £13m a year to help them with the cost of heating.

Two men feature heavily on the news pages. One is Vaclav Havel, described by the Guardian as one of the defining figures of late 20th century Europe. The other is Harry Judd, the defining figure of this year's Strictly Come Dancing. The Daily Express reports that the programme is now expected to become a global hit on BBC Worldwide.

And finally, the Mirror takes up the case of a man who has had insult added to injury. The paper reports that Tony Costello from south Wales had his car insurance premium increased by £231 when he told his insurer, Tesco, that he'd lost his job.

He was informed that it was because he would be driving around more looking for work. The Mirror accuses the company of kicking a man when he's down.

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