Northern Ireland

What the papers say


Journalist Fionola Meredith takes a look at what's happening in Tuesday's morning newspapers.

A split in the Continuity IRA has raised fears of a rise in dissident republican violence, the Irish News reports.

The paper says it's understood a car bombing outside Newtownhamilton police station in April was not sanctioned by the old leadership but was carried out by a new faction.

It claims that a younger, more militant, northern-based group has taken over.

But the paper believes that the new faction has limited weaponry, with one source claiming that the Continuity IRA arms bunkers are practically empty.

Job cuts in the Civil Service are the lead story in the Belfast Telegraph, which reports on the 350 jobs going at the Department for Social Development.

As the paper notes, it comes just days after the Department for the Environment said it planned to "remove" 350 jobs over the next year.

'On a par'

In the News Letter, Jeffrey Donaldson claims that the controversial Eames-Bradley report is "dead in the water", after it was revealed that 95% of members of the public who responded to a government consultation rejected every one of its proposals.

The apparent opposition to the group's findings wasn't surprising, according to the paper's Morning View column.

It says the proposals "effectively placed innocent victims on a par with the perpetrators of terrorist crimes".

The paper acknowledges that it's never going to be easy to find consensus on the past, but "there must be no equivocation on what constitutes victimhood".

The Times has a picture of "the woman who is pleading for the right to kill her husband".

Jane Nicklinson's husband, Tony, a former rugby player paralysed by a stroke, wants her to end his life but not be prosecuted for murder.

Mr Nicklinson suffers from "locked-in syndrome", and can only communicate by using a Perspex board and letters - he blinks and nods to spell out the words.

He insists that he doesn't want to "dribble his way into old age".

As the paper notes, the case is the first test under the new coalition government of one of the most emotionally charged areas of law and public policy.

'Genetic mutation'

The Sun reports on a black couple who had a white baby.

The London couple are pictured with their tiny daughter, who's blonde and blue eyed - but genetics experts says she's not an albino.

Ben and Angela Ihegboro said after the birth they both just sat and stared at the little girl.

The couple have called her Nmachi, which means 'Beauty of God'.

But how to explain Nmachi's colour? Look no further than page 3 girl, Amy G, who's 21 and from Sheffield.

She informs readers that there are only around 12 genes which control skin colour so it's hard to accept an ancestral one can creep up like this.

Genetics professor Bryan Sykes suggests a genetic mutation is the more likely cause, and Amy G says she's inclined to agree.


And finally, Sarah Palin has been getting her words mixed up, according to the Guardian.

The former US vice-presidential candidate mangled the words refute and repudiate to make "refudiate".

At first she seemed embarrassed by the linguistic slip, but later she chose to celebrate the mistake by comparing herself to Shakespeare, who "coined new words too".

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