Northern Ireland

Newspaper review: Boris Johnson, gun attack and six newborn babies

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Boris Johnson, a gun attack in west Belfast and six newborn babies feature on the front pages of Wednesday's papers.

Both the Belfast Telegraph and News Letter address what the new prime minister could mean for Northern Ireland.

The News Letter's Sam McBride says that unionists are urging Mr Johnson to prioritise the union above all else.

"The Union is in his hands" is the paper's front page headline.

The report says that DUP leader Arlene Foster spoke with Mr Johnson and told him defending and promoting the union has always been the most important issue for her.

"We had a conversation about that today and I believe he shares that as well," she said.

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Image caption What impact ill Boris Johnson have on Northern Ireland?

However, Mr McBride writes that "Mr Johnson's willingness to renege on his pledge to never vote for the backstop has left some unionists uneasy about what concessions he may be willing to make in order to secure Brexit".

The Belfast Telegraph says that the DUP is expected to demand further cash for Northern Ireland in a new confidence and supply agreement over the coming weeks to keep Mr Johnson's government in power.

The paper's Suzanne Breen say that the new deal will "also cover other political demands from both parties".

It adds that a new secretary of state is expected to be announced on Thursday, with the DUP's Sammy Wilson urging whoever gets the job to be "prepared to talk tough to the government of the Republic and to spell out to them the consequences of their continued intransigence".

Meanwhile, the Telegraph says that nationalist politicians, the Alliance Party and the Greens have all voiced concerns over Mr Johnson.

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Image caption Two sets of triplets were born hours apart in Dundonald's Ulster Hospital

Two sets of triplets and their proud parents also feature on the front of the Telegraph.

The six tiny tots were born hours apart in the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald.

Zoey, Cameron and Brody McMenamin, whose parents Brendan and Kirsty are from Downpatrick, were the first three to arrive, followed by Annie, Libby and Evie Stewart, whose parents Claire and Johnny are from Donaghadee.

The Irish News leads with an arrest over a gun attack in west Belfast on Monday night, in which the victim was chased for 200 yards in front of horrified onlookers before being shot in the legs.

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Image caption A police officer at the scene of Monday evening's shooting in west Belfast

The paper says that although Deaghlan "Decky" Hughes was shot twice, witnesses described a "hail of gunfire" on the Springfield Road.

It says Mr Hughes was saved by a passing ambulance crew who took him to the nearby Royal Victoria Hospital where he is currently stable.

The paper says 30-year-old Mr Hughes, who it describes as "well known in west Belfast", knew of threats against him.

A 39-year-old man remains in police custody.

All the papers have pictures of a beaming Shane Lowry holding the Claret Jug at his homecoming party in County Offaly after his Open victory at Royal Portrush.

"Welcomed home with Open arms" is the Daily Mirror's headline.

The paper says "the party of a lifetime was thrown for Open hero Shane Lowry as Clara welcomed home its favourite son last night".

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Image caption Shane Lowry at his homecoming party in County Offaly

It says the 32-year-old dedicated his victory to his wife Wendy and described how there were times he had "cried himself to sleep" over his form but "when you have a good strong woman behind you, it makes it a little bit easier".

The News Letter says that an icon of Northern Ireland industry - Harland and Wolff shipyard - could go into insolvency at at time when trade unions feel there could be a renaissance in shipbuilding.

The paper says it is understood a bidder had been talking exclusively about buying the shipyard, "but their interest has cooled leaving the shipyard in a precarious position of having to find a solution before the end of the month.

"It comes at a time when the UK government has made noises about the need for more naval vessels to be built in the UK."

Image caption Worrying times for Harland and Wolff

The Belfast Telegraph talks to an Armagh teenager who has become a champion for alopecia awareness.

Sixteen-year-old Kacey Quigley began losing her hair when she was six and it was all gone by the age of nine.

However, the teenager says she does not let the condition define who she is.

Kacey uses her YouTube channel to teach people about the condition.

GAC and Linfield link

Finally The Irish News links reports on a link-up between a west Belfast GAA club and Linfield Ladies football team.

Liam Morrison, from Cardinal O'Connor's GAC, approached Linfield about a possible link because his daughter Lauren plays for both clubs.

Mr Morrison said that at one match "another parent from a Protestant background was saying to me he'd never seen Gaelic before.

"It was talking to that parent that made me think it would be great to get the two clubs together."

Girls from both clubs will visit the All-Ireland Ladies' Finals day at Croke Park in Dublin on 15 September and the Women's Irish FA Challenge Cup Final on 21 September at Belfast's Windsor Park.