What the papers say


Journalist Liz Kennedy takes a look at what is making the headlines in Friday's newspapers.

Money - or the lack of it - is the theme once again in the morning papers, with benefits coming under particular scrutiny locally.

In the Belfast Telegraph, fears are reported that possible cuts to the Disability Living Allowance could "siphon millions from the economy".

One in 10 people in Northern Ireland are said to be claiming DLA, with the number going up to one in five in some parts of Belfast.

Feisty 80something Rosie McGoldrick - forced to leave her north Belfast home - is shown in her dressing gown on the front of the Irish News, after the bomb scare in Ligoniel in the early hours of Thursday, but the paper's lead is bed cuts in hospital.

Blunt warning

Those have come to light after a medical professional reacted to bed cuts in the Royal Victoria Hospital's neurology implant unit.

The lead consultant neurologist has warned bluntly: "If you have a stroke at the weekend, you're on your own."

Meanwhile, the medicine bill for free to the public prescriptions has hit £20m says the News Letter.

The items on the supply list include suntan lotion, baby lotion and aspirin, according to health committee chairman DUP MLA Jim Wells.

The story continues on the Chilean rescue and the "miracle miners".

The president of Chile is pictured posing with the men in hospital.

They are in dressing gowns, shades, white socks and slippers. And they do still manage to look cool - as well as euphoric.

'Outside source'

In the Irish Independent, David Quinn examines the role that religion and faith played in the drama.

He says that media would have been better off speaking to chaplains than psychologists about how people cope with trauma.

Believers - he assesses - have a source outside themselves to which they can turn even when the odds are stacked against them.

The Mirror calls it a "miner miracle" and has an interview with the foreman of the mine.

He says the men raced to embrace the rescue capsule, as it arrived underground.

But, according to the Irish Times and despite the existence of Victor Segovia's diary, the men made a pact early on that what went on underground should stay underground, even the 'jokes' about cannibalism.

Cuts in the UK are exercising the US secretary of state.

'Hard road ahead'

The Times leads with the "rare step" that Hillary Clinton took on commenting on the cuts to the UK's armed forces, warning of damage to the Nato alliance.

But Defence Secretary Liam Fox defends the cuts inside the paper, blaming the Ministry of Defence under the previous Labour government for extravagance and a "wasteful system of procurement."

He says there is "a hard road ahead" but that the contribution to Nato will not suffer.

Meanwhile, the UK's deportation techniques are coming under the spotlight, with the Guardian leading with the circumstances leading to a man's death earlier this week, while being deported to Angola.

And the paper also reports that the ban on sending failed asylum seekers back to Zimbabwe is to be lifted. That could affect up to 10,000 people in the UK.

And finally, a new take on the story of Cinderella.

It's the modern day story of the lost slipper, according to the Daily Telegraph.

A television technician is searching for the Indian princess who was one of his ancestors.

The family heirloom she left was a beautiful pair of embroidered slippers. Now Eric Ronald is in India, with them, hoping to solve the family mystery.

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