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Newspaper review: NI and Republic of Ireland stories

Newspapers

Journalist Liz Kennedy takes a look at the morning papers.

The shooting of a man in Donegal was a late story for the papers.

The Mirror reports that the man - named locally as Andrew Allen - from the Waterside in Londonderry was shot in Buncrana just before 21:30 GMT.

The Irish News claims that a man from Derry had been shot dead in Donegal.

Its lead is an education story.

The paper reports that the Catholic Church has "backed down" on transfer tests and that Catholic grammar schools are to be allowed to continue using the 11-plus test.

Inside the Belfast Telegraph, there is also a late report about the shooting. But it leads with the particular effect on apartments of the housing price slump. "Falling flat" is the headline about one new-build apartment in east Belfast, which has dropped from what the paper calls the "boom price" of £220,000 to £90,000.

There is a special supplement on the Prison Service in the News Letter.

The paper says it is paying "tribute to the men and women of the Northern Ireland Prison Service who, for three decades, bravely endured terrorist threats and murderous attacks."

The supplement tells the stories of what it calls "the pain and mental torment" that families have suffered since losing loved ones.

Bill's back

And a former American president is making the headlines in the south of Ireland.

Bill Clinton features in both the Irish Times and the Irish Independent .

You would "be nuts not to invest in Ireland" he has been telling some of the world's biggest tycoons. Taoiseach Enda Kenny is in America saying Ireland is open for business. Hundreds of highly-skilled jobs in the Republic have been announced by three American multi-nationals, as part of a major investment.

The Irish Times' Lara Marlowe in New York dubs it Clinton's "folksy hard sell" to the Global Irish Forum, "all for the love of the Emerald Isle".

Meanwhile, the Irish Independent reports the words of Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore who told a meeting of the UN Security Council on Thursday that the peace process in Northern Ireland should be a model for other conflicts.

Meanwhile, David Cameron is looking to Scandinavia for inspiration.

The Prime Minister is said to be considering a Swedish scheme, that gives tax breaks to working mothers who employ cleaners, babysitters or gardeners.

The Times has the story from the Stockholm summit and Rosemary Bennett, the paper's social affairs correspondent says she is "touched" by Mr Cameron's "gesture", as she tries to finish phone calls for an interview for the paper, before racing to her daughter's school concert and then to pack the children's bags for the half-term break.

There is good news in the Daily Express, with a possible breakthrough in the treatment of Alzheimer's Disease. A powerful skin cancer drug has been found to reverse the effects of the disease in mice. Researchers say they were "shocked " by the effectiveness of the drug, but charities say that much more research is needed.

And finally, what's in a name? Just your career, it seems.

The Daily Telegraph says that people with simple names enjoy faster career advancement, because hard-to-pronounce names inspire negative reactions, especially in political office. It is a study by American and Australian psychologists.

Happy times for Mitt then. And Harry is probably ok in his sporting field. "Triffic" says the Sun about Mr Redknapp, predicting he will be offered the England job next week.

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