Northern Ireland

What the papers say


Journalist Keith Baker takes a look at what is making the headlines in Monday's newspapers.

The Irish News front page carries a big archive picture of Long Kesh internment camp as it was in the early 1970s.

The paper says that hundreds of nationalists interned without trial there almost 40 years ago are to launch a multi-million pound legal action against the government.

The paper says the civil action will be based on the physical and mental treatment of internees and the fact that the policy was used overwhelmingly against nationalists.

It thinks the former internees are entitled to an official apology and compensation, but it says there are no guarantees that they will gain satisfaction through the courts.

It says this issue demonstrates again the need for some sort of proper structure to deal with the legacy of the Troubles.

Looking at the Belfast Telegraph, a warning about teaching jobs.

It says hundreds of teachers' jobs could be lost in plans for up to 2,000 redundancies in the education sector.

It says the Department of Education is proposing to set aside almost £254m to fund staff pay-offs in the four years after this one, in which 188 teaching jobs are already expected to go.

The paper says education is a front line service where there is a real danger of a cut too far and that must not be allowed to happen.

The death of motorcycle racer Victor Gilmore features on the front pages of the Mirror and the News Letter.

The News Letter points out that he had been due to give evidence on Monday at an inquest into the death of a spectator in an accident at a race last August.

The issue of religious faith features prominently in the News Letter. It has an interview with the Chief Constable, Matt Baggott, in which he talks about his intense religious beliefs.

He also talks about the threat from dissident republicans and says his job is to pursue them relentlessly.

He might also be interested in a story on the front page of the Irish Times.

It says criminal gangs smuggling money out of the Irish Republic to fund lifestyles abroad or to invest in drugs and other activities are having the cash seized.

So far this year more than two million euros has been seized at ports and airports.

The paper says the biggest case concluded in the courts this year involved 676,000 euros in drug money, all in used notes packed into a suitcase about to be loaded on to a plane to Brussels.

Among the cross-channel papers, the question is, are we heading for another winter of discontent?

This is the headline in the Independent. The Guardian also leads with the current threats of industrial action.

There's criticism of union leaders for their warnings as the TUC conference begins on Monday.

The Mail says it's another trip to Jurassic Park. The Sun agrees. It says the union leaders are grumbling dinosaurs.

Finally, the eternal debate - are men smarter than women - or should that be the other way round?

The Mail talks to a leading neuroscientist who says women's brain power is no different from men's and that we are actually incredible similar when it comes to intellect.

There's a cartoon to go with this revelation. It shows a man asking his wife, who was Liverpool's left back when they won the FA Cup in 1974?

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