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# paperround - Friday 8 July, 2011

How the press is reporting the end of the World Apocalypse NOTW This post contains images

How the press is reporting the end of the World

A gallery of today’s front pages from Britain and Ireland. No prizes for guessing what gets the biggest billing…

# paperround - Sunday 5 September, 2010

Ivor’s fundraising, property tax, Revenue chasing house sales and a by-election scramble Exclusive

All of that, and there’s some hurling match on. Here’s our pick of the Sunday papers.

# paperround - Saturday 4 September, 2010

Tánaiste plays down FÁS row, a dismissal of the kidney op case, and a goal for Fahey’s daddy Exclusive

Paperround: Our guide to the pick of the Saturday press.

# paperround - Sunday 29 August, 2010

Grim discovery of young girl, more economic woes, and serious garda blunder

Paperround: Your digested guide to the Sunday papers.

# paperround - Saturday 28 August, 2010

Tax dodgers, IDA staff shortages, and Christy crowned a poet Exclusive

Paperround: Our pick of the Saturday papers.

# paperround - Sunday 22 August, 2010

THE SUNDAY TRIBUNE opens with further revelations about Ivor Callely, detailing how he claimed he had travelled 5,000 miles a month while he was living in Dublin despite residing less than three miles from his office. This claim translated into €87,000 in payments in two years.

The paper discusses how convicted rapist Larry Murphy has declined a second offer of rehabilitation. Murphy is currently living in a private residence run by the Probation Service, which offers a range of support for ex-prisoners include therapy and education for sex offenders.

The Tribune also tell how US news magazine Newsweek has defended its decision to include Brian Cowen in a ‘Top 10 world leaders’ feature, dubbing him a “fiscal taskmaster”. Newsweek said it hadn’t run a comprehensive profile of each leader, but that Cowen had won respect abroad for his approach to the banking crisis, adding: ” Some countries seems better poised to bounce back in the long run, and Ireland qualified for that criteria”.

The Sunday Business Post leads  how a proposed new tax on petrol and diesel, to raise funds for road maintenance, will mean higher fuel bills for motorists. Minister for the Environment Noel Dempsey says that the charge will create a more environmentally sustainable system.

It also reveals how mobile phone operator 3 has admitted to mixing up information that was given to Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg), which affects four years of official communications data that has been used in EU-wide statistics.

Ireland’s two-tier health service is becoming more pronounced because public hospitals are struggling to fill consultants posts, according to the Post. A problem caused by new consultants’ contracts that mean consultants can earn significantly more by working in a private hospital.

The Post’s Agenda magazine examines the revelations that Legion of Christ founder, Fr Marcial Maciel, was a paedophile and a fraudster – and asks: how will the Vatican deal with this latest disclosure?

The Sunday Times leads with results of a new study that shows how students from disadvantaged backgrounds do just as well as their wealthy peers – once they reach third level education. The results will have a significant effect on the debate about the reintroduction of fees, the paper predicts.

Fianna Fáil backbenchers have called for Anglo Irish Bank to be closed down over a period of six to 10 years during a meeting with Finance Minister Brian Lenihan; the alleged identity of the elusive Top Gear “Stig” is divulged by the paper; and Gardaí have (so far) decided not to launch an inquiry into mobile phone expenses  made by Ivor Callley.

In sport, the Times details how Barcelona are ready to make Liverpool an offer for midfielder Javier Mascherano; and the News Review features an interview with the world’s fastest solo sailor Ellen MacAurthur. The Sunday Times Magazine talks with the iconic Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page.

The anger of householders at news of the introduction of a green levy hike from 3% – 5% is the lead story in the Sunday Independent. Domestic electricity consumers will be asked to pay more from October while big businesses and multinationals will pay less, the paper explains.

It also reports that RTÉ stars Miriam O’Callaghan, Pat Kenny and Sean O’Rourke have accepted that the years of mega salaries have come to an end.

Meanwhile in sports news, Stephen Ireland has said that he blames nobody but himself for his continued exile from the Irish team, and has said “I’d rather win the Premier League than the World Cup”.

Abroad, The Observer‘s lead picture shows Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who was at the centre of a bizarre sequence of events on Saturday, when Swedish authorities charged him in absentia for rape – only to withdraw the warrant hours later.

Assange has hit out at the claims, saying that he has been targeted in a smear campaign. The paper quotes Gavin McFadden, director of the Centre for Investigative Journalism and personal friend of Assange, who said: “This is how smears work. The charges are made and then withdrawn and the the damage is done”.

The lead story in the paper concerns how Irish dissident republican groups are targeting the British Conservative party, which has raised fears of an attack echoing the one that almost killed then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 1984.

The Observer Magazine  features an interview with “remarkably down-to-earth” star of The Office Steve Carell.

# paperround - Sunday 15 August, 2010

THE RECENT INCREASE in activity by dissident republicans is covered by commentary in the Sunday Business Post and the Sunday Times.

For the Post, Tom McGurk writes that dissidents are luring a whole new generation of followers into their violence.  The Times writes that the terrorists are trying to revive the IRA and pose a serious new threat.

The Post reports that Fianna Fail is at its “lowest ebb” throughout the Dublin constituencies, but Labour is surging ahead. Polls suggest that while Fine Gael was the party’s main threat six months ago, Labour now looks strong and more likely to take seats. Figures published by the paper for the Dublin constituencies show that while in 1999 Fianna Fáil took 20 seats for the region, the number fell to just six by 2009.

On a similar vein, a title on the front page of the Sunday Independent claims that Lenihan is Fianna Fáil’s only hope. An accompanying poll conducted by the paper says 72% of respondents want a general election in the autumn.

The Leaving Cert results are out on Wednesday, and The Post recommends taking time to think about post-exam options, rather than rushing out to celebrate the results. The paper carries a three-page spread on the exams, with advice on balancing a student budget, finding decent accommodation, and the benefits of picking a private college.

Newly-released convicted rapist Larry Murphy features across the papers, with the focus on the media interest in the case. The Times writes: “Press freedom is more important than a rapist’s,” before pointing out that a person is more likely to be hit by a car than face anything like the ordeal of his victim over 10 years ago.

The Sunday Tribune and the Independent speculate about what the impact of the media frenzy will be on Murphy, and whether he will flee the country to avoid the media focus.

On the lighter side, the Sunday Independent writes that implementing more pet-friendly facilities in Ireland could be help boost tourism as people become increasingly reluctant to leave their furry friends behind.

# paperround - Sunday 1 August, 2010

The Sunday Independent leads with a report issued by O’Connell St department store Clerys, which implicitly rubbishes the government’s claims to have successfully staved off the worst of the financial crisis.

It also reveals that golfer Padraig Harrington has lost about €4m he invested in a UK technology firm U4EA, while Dermot Desmond lost about €14.5m, according to its administrator’s latest figures.

Inside, Celia Larkin – the former partner of Bertie Ahern – says that the Galway Races are a much more enjoyable occasion without Fianna Fáil’s fundraising tent. Life magazine interviews Beyoncé.

The Sunday Business Post says that some of Ireland’s highest earners used a series of tax allowance loopholes to pay as little as 4% tax on their earnings in 2008.

It also reveals that Arnotts’ ill-fated expansion into the Jervis Centre cost it €40m, as the department store is forced to close off some arms because of its crippling €320m debt.

Inside it reveals that the rate of TV licence payments is down, according to An Post, while Ireland’s reputation as being a cinema-loving nation is under threat with attendances down 7% in the last six months.

Agenda magazine publishes extracts from a new novel recalling the moment the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.

The Sunday Tribune gives its front page to a secret HSE report which says that cutbacks in the health service pose a major safety risk to the elderly, the mentally ill, and mothers and babies.

It also tells how GAA fans have attacked the organisation for increasing the prices of ten-year premium tickets in Croke Park by 63% at a specially convened meeting of ticketholders during the week.

Inside it says that renovations works on Leinster House cost over €1m last year – mainly to keep the “crumbling 18th century residence” safe.

T2 magazine investigates the death of Phoebe Prince, the Clare teen who hanged herself after intensive bullying at her school in Massachusetts.

The Sunday Times leads with news that the bosses of commercial state companies are facing significant pay cuts, under new rules to be announced by Brian Lenihan in the autumn.

It also carries the slightly offbeat story that the German ambassador to Ireland has demanded that RTÉ relocate the set of Fair City, because work on the set wakes him up in his nearby Donnybrook home.

Inside it asks whether WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange is a freedom fighter or information terrorist, while Style magazine interviews Catherine Zeta-Jones.

# paperround - Saturday 31 July, 2010

The Irish Times leads with the Central Bank’s predictions that the economy will grow by 2% in 2011, as published by the bank in its Quarterly Bulletin published yesterday.

Inside, it tells of how the Supreme Court has referred the issue of custody rights of unmarried fathers to the European Court of Justice, which is required to offer a clarification on some points in a case with potential ramifications for the rest of the continent.

As with many of the Irish papers, it also carries news of how an as-yet-unknown Kilkenny resident scooped €1m after winning the top prize in the monthly Prize Bond draw – with a bond bought in 1981.

The Times’ magazine profiles the Irish students enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, who tell the paper about their 80-hour weeks and lives on a shoestring.

In contrast to the Times’ good news, The Irish Independent leads with the growing pressure on Brian Lenihan to deliver another tough budget, with it interpreting the Central Bank’s report as saying that Lenihan’s own projections are too optimistic.

Inside, it carries news of how brothers Eddie and Kieran Ryan – who themselves were at the centre of a kidnapping claim in 2003 – were sentenced to a combined total of 14 years in jail for possession of a high-powered firearm yesterday.

The Weekend magazine asks whether Nikki Pelley can ever marry her her current partner, convicted wife-murderer Joe O’Reilly.

The Irish Examiner leads with the news that more and more people are volunteering as medical ‘guinea pigs’ and taking part in clinical drug trials – because they need the money during the recession.

It also tells that the body found in an Inniskeen bog – believed to be that of one of the IRA’s ‘disappeared’ victims – may take up to a month to identify.

Inside, it details how lawyers for the partner of Twink’s ex-husband told the High Court that the Sunday World took a picture of her and her child and printed it alongside a caption labelling the child a ‘bastard’ and her a ‘whore’.

The Star leads with news that Ronan Keating and his wife Yvonne are “a happy family again” after Yvonne forgave him for having a “fling” with a dancer.

Inside it tells how the various public events taking place over the Bank Holiday Weekend – like the games at the Aviva Stadium and Croke Park, and the the Galway Races and the Spraoí Festival in Waterford – will boost the Irish economy by €160m.

On its back page it carries a “Jack lash” from Kerry football coach Jack O’Connor who believes that the entire world is out to see the back of him and his Kerry team.

Abroad, The Guardian leads with the insistence of US defence secretary Robert Gates that WikiLeaks’ publication of Afghan war logs is a potentially serious breach of the country’s security.

The New York Times features an Indonesian model, singer and actress Julia Perez, who is turning her attentions to politics in frustration at her country’s political establishment.

And in Germany, Bild reports that a previously unknown bacterium in the Gulf of Mexico is helping to dissolve the remains of the oil spill after the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster.

# paperround - Sunday 25 July, 2010

The Sunday Independent leads with news of how Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny has beeen accused of ‘horrifying’ threats to party TD Lucinda Creighton after her speech criticising FG for accepting donations from indebted developers.

The paper – which publishes the results of a text referendum on whether to bailing out Anglo Irish Bank, with 95% saying yes – also devotes a large section, as many of the papers, to the death of snooker legend Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins.

It also features a lengthy interview with Gráinne Seoige as she prepares to move to the UK. Life magazine features a tour of Michael Flatley’s Cork home.

The Sunday Business Post reports that the cabinet is on the verge of a major disagreement over the next Budget, with the Green ministers and some Fianna Fáil members opposing Brian Lenihan on tax and privatising state bodies.

It also reveals the bizarre statistic that with the demand for coins so low last year as a result of the recessio, the Central Bank were forced to withdraw €23m in coins from the economy – costing the state €30m.

Inside it reveals that planned rail projects, such as the Dublin-Navan rail connection and the Western Rail Corridor linking Tuam to Claremorris, will be shelved as part of the budget cutbacks.

Agenda magazine covers the difficulties being posed to the Australian justice system by native aboriginal behaviour that would be considered illegal in the western world.

The Sunday Times leads with a disclosure from Labour leader Eamon Gilmore that his party, if in government, would strip the Irish passports of wealthy tax eiles if they did not pay the government for wealth earned in Ireland.

It also includes details of a barrister’s plea for the government to intervene after it was discovered that the Irish Red Cross had an undeclared bank account with €150,000 meant for the victims of the Indonesian tsunami in 2004.

Inside, it says the Orange Order has welcomed proposals to make July 12 an All-Ireland national holiday – and would hope, in the same manner as St Patrick’s Day, to dye the River Liffey orange for the day.

The Times’ Culture magazine profiles What Not To Wear duo Trinny and Suzannah who have gone from ‘bust to boom’ with an internet-only show.

The Sunday Tribune leads with the figure of €1.1bn – that’s the amount the government will cut from the Health and Welfare budgets in December, it says. Outgoing HSE chief Brendan Drumm says thousands should be made redundant from his body.

It also reveals that internal party documents have confirmed the Green Party has given up on its hope to hold a Dublin mayoral election in the autumn, with the vote now pencilled in for March.

Inside, it reveals that Bertie Ahern insists he’s entitled to claim for two mobile phone allowances – one as a TD, and one as a former Taoiseach – while also claiming the maximum travel expenses allowed by a Dublin TD despite having a full-time Garda driver.

The T2 supplement profiles thirty hidden tourist gems in Ireland.

# paperround - Saturday 24 July, 2010

The Irish Times leads with the announcement that the two Irish banks tested by the EU passed their stress tests, but says that questions have been asked about the rigour of their tests given the fact that just seven institutions (out of 91) failed.

It also carries news of how Richard Bruton told the MacGill Summer School that Fine Gael would replace every single member of every State board within six months of taking office, should they win the next general election.

Inside, it reveals that Lucinda Creighton held a fundraising event in April that was attended by a heavily indebted property developer – and that she was unaware that he had been hauled before the Commercial Court just a month before.

The Times’ magazine recounts the experiences of an Irish graduate, Sarah Geraghty, who moved to Washington for nine months to kick-start her career.

The Irish Independent leads with a declaration of how a series of forthcoming mortgage interest rate hikes will send homeowners “right over the edge” and break their finances beyond repair, according to mortgage experts.

Inside, it reports that a Galway resident was sentences to five years in prison after being found guilty of attacking his wife’s toes with a Stanley knife, as well as biting her noes and slashing her face in a subsequent attack.

The Weekend Review magazine profiles RTÉ broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan and how she sustains “a loving husband, the happy family, and a media career that has broken the mould” at the age of 50.

The Irish Examiner leads with calls for a national debate on knife crime from victims’ support groups, after 20-year-old James Joyce was stabbed to death in front of his pregnant girlfriend.

It also reports on criticisms from residents across the country at government plans to introduce tolls on national roads, with reports coming from Age Action Ireland, the AA and from Fianna Fáil backbenchers.

The Star leads with a similar tack to the Examiner, revealing that Joyce told his friends “I’m alive” seconds before he was fatally stabbed on Thursday night.

Inside, it disappoints readers by claiming it could not coax Paul the Octopus to predict the winners of the Galway Races.

On its back page it carries a warning to Juventus from two-time former coach and current Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni, saying that Shamrock Rovers have the potential to cause them serious problems in their Europa League clash.

Abroad, The Guardian leads with the political return of Gordon Brown, who in his first major appearance since the formation of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition, called for ‘smart aid’ for Africa.

Haaretz of Israel reports that the country has warned the UN that North Korea’s plans to develop ballistic missiles could scupper plans for peace in the Middle East.

And in France, Le Figaro reports that the Deepwater Horizon explosion that caused the BP oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico could have been avoided, because safety alarms on the platform had been turned off to let employees sleep.

# paperround - Sunday 18 July, 2010

The Sunday Independent leads with news of how Fine Gael have solicited donations from one of NAMA’s main developer debtors, Michael O’Flynn, and gave him a prime slot at their K Club golf classic last week.

The paper – which is running a text referendum on whether the government should stop bailing out Anglo Irish Bank – also features an interview with developer Paddy Kelly who asks why the taxpayer should be forced to bail him out.

Elsewhere, it carries details of an apparent U-turn from communications minister Eamon Ryan on the transition to DAB (digital-only) radio. Life magazine interviews Una Healy from the Saturdays.

The Sunday Business Post leads with details of how Ireland’s public sector workers are among the best paid of any of their equivalents anywhere in the world.

It also reveals how Noel Dempsey brought many of Fianna Fáil’s current and former junior ministers attended an ‘away-day’ to plot a political comeback – in the Heritage hotel which has gone into receivership.

The Post also reveals plans to cut the budget from the Department of Health by €600m in December’s budget. Agenda magazine profiles the business activities of professional religious preachers.

The Sunday Times carries comments by finance minister Brian Lenihan that his department lost influence and its ability to command respect during the time in which it was run by current Taoiseach Brian Cowen.

It also reveals that the ‘rebranding’ of the five government departments who had their names changed in the last cabinet reshuffle has cost €80,000 – with over half that cost being spent on plaques outside buildings.

Inside, it carries news of how NAMA’d developer Bernard McNamara has proposed an annual salary of €300k for himself to the state’s bad bank as he tries to trade his way out of difficulty.

The Times also tells how Ireland’s best-paid public servant – the former chief of the National Treasury Management Agency – has lost a court case to keep his salary – four times that of the Taoiseach’s – a secret.

The Sunday Tribune leads with details of the ongoing divide within Fine Gael after what supporters of Richard Bruton saw as a ‘lack of magnanimity’ by Enda Kenny’s loyalists after his victory in a confidence vote.

It also reveals that the Council of State may be convened to discuss the constitutionality of the Civil Partnership Bill passed by the Oireachtas last week, with the news that the President has yet to sign the Bill into law.

Elsewhere it covers the suggestion by Leo Varadkar that Bank of Ireland be forced to hand over use of its HQ on College Green – a former parliament building, and the first custom-built parliament house in the world – for use by the directly-elected Dublin Mayor.

T2 magazine features a ‘lost generation’ of Irish miners.

# paperround - Saturday 17 July, 2010

The Irish Times leads with the news that Merrill Lynch, who had been acting as consultants to the government shortly before its bank guarantee, expressed serious reservations over such a scheme in its last report to the government.

It also carries news of how Sinn Féin deputy leader Martin McGuinness has been invited to speak at an event at the Conservative Party conference in October, and how Israel is considering fully lifting its Gaza blockade.

The Times’ magazine profiles Irish designer Orla Kiely and tells how she and her husband Dermott Rowan “built a fashion empire”.

The Irish Independent leads on a similar theme to the Times, suggesting that the Department of Finance’s initial estimates about the €440bn bank bailout in autumn 2008 was based on incorrect estimates about the banks’ assets.

Like all of today’s papers, it carries significant coverage of the final funerals of the victims from the Inishowen car tragedy in Co Donegal.

The Weekend Review magazine profiles Celia Larkin and how the former partner of Bertie Ahern has ‘re-invented’ herself after stepping out of the shadow of her former flame.

The Examiner leads with Brian Cowen’s insistence that the blanket guarantee for Ireland’s banks was the correct move, despite being advised mere days before it of its dangers.

It also reveals a bizarre court case where a young man failed to prove that he had been discriminated against when overlooked for a job, because he was not a member of the Travelling community.

The Star leads with news of a soccer player who won €47,000 in damages from the High Court from a rival player who punched him mid-match and broke his jaw.

As with most of the papers, its sporting lead deals with the woes of Rory McIlroy, whose second round at the British Open was blighted by wind and left the teen shooting a round of 80 – a full 17 shots more than on his first round.

Abroad, The Guardian leads with the advice of Britain’s universities minister David Willetts, who has advised new graduates struggling to find work to simply set up their own companies.

The Sydney Morning Herald carries details of the opening political gambit from Australia’s new female PM Julia Rudd, who has called a general election for August 21 in a bid to bolster support for her Labour party.

And in the USA, the New York Times tells how Columbia University has halted research at a brain-imaging centre and reassigned senior staff after it was found injecting mental patients with dangerously impure drugs.