Northern Ireland

Newspaper review: Manchester blast reaches NI papers

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Tuesday's news will be dominated by the horrific events of Monday night - when 22 people were killed in a suspected terror attack at the Manchester Arena.

The Belfast Telegraph has decided to depart from its normal coverage of local news to lead with this story, with its front-page headline about the victims of the "concert blast" sitting among photographs of the scene.

One picture shows a group of young people with police; a second shows armed officers outside the Manchester Arena.

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Image caption Ariana Grande has a fan base made up largely of children and teenagers

The blast happened at about 22:30 BST, following a concert by Ariana Grande.

The 23-year-old American pop star has a fan base made up largely of children and teenagers.

Former first minister Arlene Foster tweeted last night to say her "thoughts and prayers" were with those caught up in the attack and the emergency services who attended the scene.

The Belfast Telegraph reports that the area around the arena in the city centre was "quickly swamped with police and emergency services".

It also quotes 17-year-old Oliver Jones, who said he witnessed people "running and screaming" in one direction and then many turning around to run back the other way.

'Intense pressure'

Other stories making the headlines include the News Letter's story about Jeremy Corbyn "finally" admitting that he sees the IRA as terrorists.

The paper reports that the Labour leader had come under "intense pressure" regarding his views on the organisation.

It says he spent years "dodging the question" before yesterday saying he "opposed" the IRA's campaign and that he did not believe that the Army were "equivalent participants" in the Troubles.

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Image caption Jeremy Corbyn responded to questions set out on Monday by Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire

Northern Ireland Secretary of State James Brokenshire yesterday urged Mr Corbyn to answer five questions about his views on the IRA.

Mr Corbyn later responded: "The IRA clearly carried out acts of terrorism."

On Monday, Mrs Foster said she believed Mr Corbyn "wanted the IRA to win".

The paper has also spoken to one of the IRA's victims - Neil Tattersall - who says the potential for Mr Corbyn to become prime minister was a "scary" prospect for those affected by the Troubles.

The Northern Ireland edition of the Daily Mirror features the headline "Two arrested over death of Caitlin".

It says police investigating the death of schoolgirl Caitlin White on Saturday have arrested two teenagers.

The 15-year-old was found unconscious in a woodland area in Portadown and died soon after being taken to hospital.

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Image caption Caitlin White, 15, was found unconscious in a woodland area in Portadown on Saturday evening

The police have said one of their lines of investigation is a possible link to drugs.

A post-mortem will be carried out to establish the exact cause of death.

In the Irish News, there is a new story about the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scandal.

It reports that an energy watchdog found "major inconsistencies" in boiler installations in 2015, but that a Stormont department in charge of the scheme "dismissed" them.

The paper says it has obtained copies of the Ofgem reports on inspections from December 2015.

A public inquiry is under way to investigate the scheme - which ran a projected £490m over budget amid claims of abuse.