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Newspaper review: NI and Republic of Ireland stories

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

Acres of newsprint covering the royal wedding and a Titanic theme for Catherine Middleton on the night before her wedding.

The Belfast Telegraph has the story of the Rathfriland firm who won the contract to refurbish the royal suite at the London hotel, where Ms Middleton spent her last night as a single woman.

The £5,000 a night suite is lined with a silk pattern last used on the Belfast-built ship.

"Mum would be so proud," says The Sun, publishing photographer Mario Testino's picture of Diana, alongside the official picture taken by Testino of William and Kate.

The Daily Mirror uses the same black and white portrait of the couple from the order of service with the headline "Happiest Day of Our Lives".

Amidst all the matrimonial euphoria, there are some who are more reserved. The Guardian's Michael White is preparing himself for "a day of pomp, high emotion and absurdly OTT television coverage".

Meanwhile, the Irish News leads with a health story, reporting that none of the five health trusts in NI have achieved their targets for waiting times for accident and emergency patients.

It also reports that 70-year-old County Down woman Winifred McCrickard from the village of Leitrim may be related to Kate Middleton.

The pictures of the aftermath of the American tornadoes are somewhat sidelined by wedding coverage, but shocking nonetheless.

There's graphic coverage in many papers of the wreckage caused by those twisters in the southern states of America.

They have caused hundreds of deaths. In the Daily Telegraph a resident of Tuscaloosa, Alabama described them as being like " a silent monster" which "sucked up the city's streets".

The Independent shows "the fallen masonry, tangled joists and power lines" in the streets, alongside planks, which were once part of houses.

Not since 1974, when tornado storms killed over 300 people, has twister activity been as high as this year.

The financial implications of the Quinn group takeover are assessed.

The Irish Times lead concerns business man Sean Quinn and his family.

The paper's financial correspondent looks at the family's claim that accountants, who have run Quinn Insurance for the last year, are to blame for losses of 706m euros, uncovered at the company.

The US insurance giant Liberty Mutual and the state-owned Anglo Irish bank formally agreed to take over most of the business on Thursday.

The paper's business section says that the new company will maintain the existing 1,570 jobs in the Republic and Northern Ireland.

And the Irish Independent returns to report on Amy Huberman's trip to London for the royal wedding.

The "petite actress" will be back in time to see husband Brian O'Driscoll's rugby match on Saturday, as she's only going to the ceremony and not the lunchtime and evening receptions.

And finally, as you may have noticed on your own lawn, it's a record year for daisies.

The Daily Express has the story, after the unusually warm spring weather has created the perfect condition for what they are calling weeds.

A botanical expert says it's good news for everyone who likes making daisy chains.

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