Northern Ireland

Newspaper headlines: Miracle escape and County Down has talent

Daily Mirror front page Tuesday 30 May Image copyright Daily Mirror

The Daily Mirror leads with a Bank Holiday Monday "miracle escape" for two passengers whose light aircraft crashed in a County Down park.

The paper says a man and woman cheated death after their plane plummeted into Castlewellan Forest Park.

An emergency worker described the pilot and passenger as "walking wounded" and told the Mirror it was likely the trees may have "cushioned the force of the impact".

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Image caption The two people on board did not require hospital treatment

The wreckage of the plane makes the Belfast Telegraph's front page, as does the story of a controversial tweet by Jim Wells of the Democratic Unionist Party.

On Monday, he took to social media, saying: "Many complaints about Sinn Féin canvassing in Rathfriland yesterday. They are not welcome in this unionist town - particularly on a Sunday."

The tweet has since been deleted, Mr Wells would not comment further, and the DUP later issued a statement saying "all parties have a right to canvass for votes" but criticised Sinn Féin for canvassing on the Sabbath.

Chris Hazzard, the Sinn Féin candidate in South Down, said the party had felt welcome in Rathfriland which has a Catholic population of almost 40%.

'Special angel'

The News Letter's front page is also political - it says the Conservative Party will rule out joint authority between the British and Irish governments when it launches its manifesto for Northern Ireland on Tuesday.

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Image caption Prime Minister Theresa May recently visited Northern Ireland's Balmoral Show while on the Conservative general election campaign

The paper says it will be an "unambiguous commitment" and calls it a "significant move which will delight unionists".

The funeral of the seven-month-old, who died from suspected heatstroke after she was left in a car during last week's heatwave, took place in Tipperary on Monday.

The Irish News says it has been suggested that Chloe Fogarty was meant to be dropped off at creche but her father, Paul, was distracted by a phone call and went into work.

Louise Fogarty described her daughter as a "special angel" during the service, the paper reports.

"Paul and I will stay strong together as I know that is what you would want, our darling daughter," she said.

'Midst of the horror'

Sunday's murder of Colin Horner who was shot in front of his three-year-old son in a supermarket car park in Bangor continues to make the headlines on Tuesday.

The News Letter carries the words of Det Supt Richard Campbell, who described the shooting as "barbaric and reckless".

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Image caption The school, pictured here in rehearsals, performed to millions of ITV viewers on the live semi-final show

The paper says Mr Horner, 35, had recently moved from Carrickfergus to Bangor amid fears he would targeted in the same loyalist paramilitary feud that claimed the life of his friend Geordie Gilmore two months ago.

The Daily Mirror says "shocked shoppers" tried to help Mr Horner and a man picked up the "terrified boy" and carried him away from the scene. A woman then took him into the supermarket and "comforted him until the police arrived".

Mr Horner's family thanked "everyone who helped Colin's son in the midst of the horror that took place".

'Roar'

The Irish News' security correspondent Allison Morris says the murder is not an "isolated act but a symptom of a fractured and unstable loyalism, lacking in any real leadership or political direction".

She says in the past decade, the UDA and to a lesser extent the UVF has "split from an organisation into individual fiefdoms".

And finally, there was no luck of the Irish for St Patrick's Junior choir when they appeared in the first live semi-final of Britain's Got Talent.

The pupils from Drumgreenagh in County Down did not get off to the best start on the ITV show after a technical hitch meant they had to start their performance of Katy Perry's Roar again.

They received a positive response from the judging panel and were praised for their professionalism in handling the delay, but they did not roar enough to secure a place in the final.