Northern Ireland

What the papers say


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

The Wikileaks revelations are still dominating the front pages.

Now it's all about "the world according to Andrew", as the Guardian puts it.

According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, the Duke of York allegedly launched an "astonishingly candid" attack on what he called the "stupid" British government during a business brunch.

While there, it is claimed he also surprised an American ambassador with his foul language, and was, we are told, cocky and rude.

But should the information have been released at all?

The Times is unconvinced. It says it's more an act of vandalism than valour.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Sir Malcolm Rifkind, chair of the intelligence and security committee, admits that most of what has been revealed will "irritate rather than alarm" governments.

But he says that leaders must be allowed "private and secret dialogue", in order to resolve "some of the most difficult problems the world has known".

Colin Howell

Ben Macintyre, in the Times, says we should enjoy this stash of secrets while we can - diplomats will be hitting the delete button a lot more often in future.

The Northern Ireland papers lead with the Colin Howell trial.

The Belfast Telegraph says that the full scale of the former dentist's depravity was revealed in court, where he was described as cold, callous and wholly without mercy.

The Irish News focuses on Lesley Howell's desperate last cry for her young son as her husband gassed her. The court was told that this memory haunts Howell, who has already been sentenced to life imprisonment.

The Irish Times says that the bail-out has failed to calm the markets.

It says that a renewed wave of volatility swept through European markets as the 85bn euro bail-out of Ireland failed to dampen anxiety that Portugal and Spain may need external aid.

The Daily Express, meanwhile, is outraged at the thought that Britain may be "forced to pour even more cash into a rescue deal for failing European nations".

It has been a bad week for Bono, according to the Belfast Telegraph.

As the paper notes, the U2 superstar and anti-poverty campaigner is used to playing to arenas full of adoring fans.

But his new Spiderman musical - the most expensive Broadway show ever staged - started half an hour late and had to be stopped five times.


The actor playing Spiderman was left hanging 10 feet above the audience after a stunt went wrong.

Bono's silence on the economic woes of his native land also come in for criticism, as does the controversial 2006 decision to move U2's business empire to the Netherlands for tax reasons.

And, as the paper notes, he came last in RTE's Ireland's greatest too.

And finally, The Guardian reports on Twitter's accidental Ashes star.

American babysitter Ashley Kerekes, 22, is known on Twitter as @theashes.

Since the test matches started, Ashley has been bombarded with thousands of messages about the Ashes, the strain of which finally led her to exclaim - in strong language - that she was "not a cricket match".

It's all left her a bit confused. On Monday, she tweeted - what the heck is a wicket?

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