Northern Ireland

Newspaper review: London attacker's Irish links

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Reports that one of the three London attackers lived in the Republic of Ireland for a period feature prominently in Tuesday's newspapers.

Rachid Redouane is believed to have lived in Rathmines, Dublin, for a time last year, according to the Irish News.

The paper says reports that he had an Irish-issued identity card will be seen as "a matter of grave concern".

The Belfast Telegraph speculates that Redouane may have used Northern Ireland as a "back door" to Great Britain.

Redouane does not appear to have been on the radar of the authorities in the Republic, but his accomplice, Khuram Butt, had previously caused concern for UK intelligence services.

Butt is pictured on the front of the Daily Mirror unfurling a flag associated with the so-called Islamic State group.

The footage was taken from last year's Channel Four documentary The Jihadis Next Door and the paper asks: "So how the hell did he slip through?"

'Deeply shocked'

The Belfast Telegraph leads with a warning about security "weaknesses" at venues in Northern Ireland where large crowds gather.

Security consultant Andrew McQuillan claims that the PSNI does not share information about potential threats at large events.

Officers rejected his criticism after he told the paper: "They have a culture of not working with anybody but themselves."

Image caption Hazem Ahmed Ghreir was stabbed on in Downshire Place, off Belfast's Great Victoria Street

The murder of a Syrian man in Belfast city centre on Sunday night is relegated to the inside pages of most of the papers.

The Irish News and others report that the stabbing of Hazem Ahmed Ghreir is not believed to have been racially motivated.

The News Letter leads with the sudden death of a 47-year-old clergyman in County Tyrone.

The paper says the rural farming community around Clogher is "deeply shocked" after the Reverend Roy Campbell died at his home on Monday.

A port-mortem examination is to be carried out to confirm the cause of his death.

Dizzy spell

Alliance leader Naomi Long is pictured on the front of the Belfast Telegraph after she almost fainted during Monday's UTV election debate.

Mrs Long blamed a combination of the heat in the TV studio together with having to cope with the death last week of her friend, Alliance councillor Mervyn Jones.

The section was not broadcast and Mrs Long was able to continue in the debate after a sit down and a sip of water.

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Image caption Naomi Long was able to continue after briefly feeling faint during the TV debate

The paper reports her insisting that she has "no health concerns".

In its review of the debate, the Belfast Telegraph says Mrs Long was "right in the middle of the ruck, throwing punches".

Verbally, of course.

Staying with politics, the News Letter has a very 21st Century solution for people struggling to decide which Westminster candidate best represents their views.

A website, dubbed "Tinder for politics", uses similar methodology as dating websites to pair voters with their perfect political match.

Smartvote.ie asks voters and candidates for their views on 30 issues and suggests the best match, based on their shared outlook.

Motorway stroll

There is a happy ending in the Belfast Telegraph for a runaway dog who caused "chaos" for commuters on the M1 in Belfast.

Police were called to rescue Molly the Pomeranian after she went for a morning stroll on the motorway during Monday morning's rush hour, causing traffic to swerve.

It was the second time Molly had been rescued, as she had been adopted from an animal shelter last year by her owner Imelda O'Reilly.

Imelda told the paper she was "delighted" that Molly was home safe, without causing any crashes.