Northern Ireland

What the papers say


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

There is a glimpse of the future on the front of the Belfast Telegraph.

It is an artist's impression of what Belfast city centre could look like in two years' time, with traffic banned from the area and space created for markets and open air cafes.

The paper comments that the potential difficulties, such as increased rush-hour traffic, could be outweighed by the advantages.

The Irish News publishes details of some of the medical staff who have been barred from practising over the past decade. It says almost 1,000 complaints from patients have been lodged with professional bodies. Among the reasons for doctors being struck off were botched operations, theft and forgery.

The News Letter leads with the words of Michael Kelly, deputy editor of The Irish Catholic newspaper, who has added his voice to that of Fr Eugene O'Neill in saying that Catholics should be comfortable within the United Kingdom. He says the view that Fr O'Neill expressed is increasingly shared by the Church hierarchy.

The papers are not convinced that the latest Greek bailout will work.

The Guardian calls it the most expensive sticking plaster in the world. The Daily Telegraph uses the same analogy and says the only way Athens can save itself is by withdrawing from the euro.


The Times reckons that breaking away from the single currency will not be the solution to all of Greece's problems. The Independent says it desperately needs economic growth, and it calls on the European Union to put together an investment plan to give the country what it calls "a shot of adrenaline".

Meanwhile, the Irish Times reports that the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, is heading for Berlin on Thursday for talks about the long-term future of the EU.

He turns up on the front-page of the Irish Independent as well - this time announcing 1,000 new jobs at the online payment service PayPal. The paper says 500 more jobs in the technology sector will be announced soon, and a further 3,000 are in the pipeline.

Two women are in the spotlight everywhere.

Adele is on almost every front page after her double success at the Brits. The Guardian says even cynical record company executives took to their feet to give her a standing ovation.

They had good reason: the paper points out that her album, 21, is not just the best-selling record of the century so far. It is the biggest selling entertainment product of the past year, beating the computer game Call of Duty and the latest Harry Potter DVD. The Sun describes Adele as the Queen of British pop.

The other woman in the spotlight is the Duchess of Cambridge. Several stories point out that she was wearing a half-price Orla Kiely dress during an engagement in Oxford. The Daily Express says the dress sold out within minutes of her appearance on television.

Finally, a wrong turn led to a marathon drive lasting 19 hours.

This is the story of 83-year-old Maureen Darvell, who left her home in Kent for what she thought would be a four-hour trip to Bristol.

But, as the Daily Telegraph reports, she circled London several times on the M25 before taking a wrong turn to end up in Bournemouth. She tried to rectify her mistake but ended up driving against the traffic on the M3.

When the police asked her why she had not turned around, she told them: "Because I didn't want to go that way". She plans to sell her car and buy a mobility scooter.

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