What the papers say


Journalist Fionola Meredith takes a look at what is making the headlines in Tuesday's newspapers.

The major safety alert following the deaths of two teenagers in Castlerock makes all the local front pages.

The Belfast Telegraph pictures what it calls "the little shop at the centre of the tragedy that left two dead".

It belongs to gas fitter George Brown, of Coleraine, and people on the north coast have been warned to switch off any liquid petroleum gas appliances fitted by him.

"You beggar belief" - is the headline in the The Irish News, after the uncle of the policewoman targeted in a dissident republican car bomb attack in Kilkeel refused to condemn the incident.

Martin Connolly, a former Sinn Fein councillor who sits as an independent on Newry and Mourne District Council, said he "did not want to get into the politics of condemnation".

The family of the policewoman have told the paper they are "deeply hurt" by Mr Connolly's stance.

Rat catcher

There's a great picture on the front page of The Irish Times, showing a kestrel catching a massive rat at Dollymount Strand in Dublin.

Beachgoers have been treated to the sight of kestrels hunting for food there over recent days, and Irish Times photographer Dara Mac Donaill has captured an image of one with a particularly large appetite.

Model Naomi Campbell's appearance at the Hague continues making headlines.

She's back on lots of front pages, after actor Mia Farrow contradicted Ms Campbell's sworn testimony concerning a gift of so-called 'blood diamonds'.

As The Times points out, the person on trial at the Hague - former Liberian president Charles Taylor - is, according to the prosecution, a monster responsible for some of the most horrific acts of the last century.

Yet, it says, it seems that it is the reputation of the supermodel that's at stake.

The Independent reports on the row over Michelle Obama's trip to Spain.

"Let them eat tapas" is the headline, as America's first lady finds herself embroiled in a political tempest, accused of taking a leaf out of Marie Antoinette's book and living it up while the country limps through an economic crisis.

Conservative critics have painted her as feckless, after staying at a Marbella hotel where rooms go for over £4,000 a night, and having a beach roped off so she could go for a swim.

Other parts of the American media are miffed at her fancy meal with the Spanish King and Queen.

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, normally an Obama supporter, says Mrs Obama should have gone to the Gulf and cleaned a few pelicans.

Roo poo

And finally, The Guardian has a punning headline you'd be more used to seeing in the tabloids: "Australia hopes its roo poo will woo Poms".

I'll try to decipher that.

The story is that South Australia is offering Britons aged 18 to 30 a chance to move down under for a year, to try out a selection of unusual and exciting jobs.

Apparently, you could drive the world's first solar-powered bus fleet in Adelaide, or to be a "beach babes judge".

But - as the headline indicates - you could also end up picking and bagging roo poo, or kangaroo manure, in the outback.

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