Northern Ireland

What the papers say


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

There is "anger" after distressing pictures are said to have been broadcast in Thailand.

That is the lead in the Irish News, with the paper reporting that Thai media showed pictures of a Newry businessman's body being recovered from the sea and examined on a pier there.

A post mortem examination will be carried out in Thailand on Terry Davey's body.

The News Letter has the headline "Vicious murder of farmer's son," referring to the victim of what "is thought to be a criminal feud" shot dead in Comber on Wednesday evening.

"Shot in the back of the head" says the Sun.

"Bank cuts fury" is the lead in the Belfast Telegraph. It is reporting on Thursday's announcement of major job losses at Ulster Bank, whilst a union leader talks of bank bosses escaping with "golden parachutes".


And the Mirror says that Chancellor George Osborne has "signalled" that the government would not stop owner RBS paying "lavish bonuses".

The News Letter reports that talks will take place today between Ulster Bank management and the finance union. And that it is crucial to get confirmation from the bank on its long-term commitment "to Ireland and Northern Ireland, in particular".

And of course, the job losses at Ulster Bank apply across the island of Ireland

The Irish Times takes up the theme and says that those job losses, along with the closure of breweries in Kilkenny and Dundalk by Diageo, made yesterday "a black day" on the jobs front.

It judges that it puts the coalition in the Republic under pressure.

And the Irish Independent reports that bank employees were "ashen-faced and despondent" as they left Ulster Bank in Dublin at lunchtime on Thursday.

On a more cheery note, the front page picture in the paper is of comic Steve Coogan. He is filming in Boyle, County Roscommon at the moment, playing Frankie Feehily, a fish factory owner, with a west of Ireland accent.

And a "supermarket juggernaut hits the wall" is the way one paper puts it.

That's the Guardian, calling it the "humbling" of Tesco.

Nearly £5bn was wiped off the company's stock market value, in the wake of the announcement of a fall in sales over the Christmas period.

The Independent said that the supermarket chain has had years as "darling of the city" but that Thursday was its worst day since the late 1980s.

An "almost unprecedented" profit warning sent the financial world into shock.

And one way of making a big profit is headlined in the Times, as the Albert Hall is cautioned by the charity regulator.

Members and trustees can sell back unwanted tickets through a perfectly legal return scheme, but some have been selling seats for up to £20,000 says the paper.

And good news in the Daily Express, with mortgages the "cheapest ever" according to the paper.

It also has a story commending Princess Anne's "thrift" on a recent private visit to Scotland. Asked whether she wanted a hotel room with a sea view, she took the cheaper option of a room at the back.

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