Furious victims of clerical sex abuse last night accused the Pope of “washing his hands” of the scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church in Ireland according to John Cooney and Ciaran Byrne of the Irish Independent. However, Patsy McGarry and Paddy Agnew of The Irish Times report that Pope Benedict has said he hopes this week’s meeting in Rome with the Irish Bishops’ Conference “would help to unify the bishops and enable them to speak with one voice in identifying concrete steps aimed at bringing healing to those who have been abused”. Compare these to the Metro Herald where Sarah Stack has written that “Pope Benedict yesterday branded the sexual abuse of children and young people a heinous crime and a grave sin.”
In The Irish Times, Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O’Leary has said that 300 aircraft maintenance jobs, which his company had proposed for Dublin airport, will now be lost to the State, writes Martin Wall, the Industry Correspondent. A solemn faced Michael O’Leary is pictured on the front of today’s Irish Independent after talks with Tanaiste Mary Coughlan and he had ended in recrimination, as the Government insisted Hangar Six at Dublin Airport was unavailable.
Back to the Irish Times where Stephen Collins, the Political Editor, reports that Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny has put down a motion of no confidence in Minister for Defence Willie O’Dea which will be debated in the Dáil next week. Mr Kenny’s decision to raise the political temperature was taken in response to a short Dáil statement by Mr O’Dea last night in which he attempted to clarify how a sworn affidavit he made to the High Court later turned out to be untrue. Limerick Sinn Féin councillor Maurice Quinlivan had sued him for defamation. The case was agreed and settled in the High Court
Jockey Killed in Fall – Irish Daily Star. A promising young apprentice jockey has been killed after been thrown off a horse just weeks after his 21st birthday according to the Irish Daily Star. Ronan Lawlor was his name. He was training at Ellen Lodge Racing Stables in Leighlinbridge, Co Carlow, when the horse bolted and flung him into a rail fence.
New threat to Kenny as Lee fallout turns nasty – Aine Kerr, the Political Correspondent, reports in the Irish Independent. Simon Coveney, one of Enda Kenny’s key lieutenants, warned the Fine Gael leader he faces “obvious consequences” unless his performance improves.
EU Leaders are preparing to pledge highly conditional financial support for Greece to prevent the country defaulting on its debt. In the Irish Times this morning, Arthur Beesley in Brussels and Derek Scally in Berlin report that in an effort to contain speculation against Greece and other debt-dependent euro zone members, EU leaders are likely to state explicitly for the first time that they would provide emergency aid to the country as a last resort.
Back to the Irish Independent where Shane Phelan the Investigative Correspondent has found out that a controversial FAS programme that cost taxpayers €7.8m was of no real benefit. The findings come from a top level government report. The expenditure on the FAS Science Challenge included Health Minister Mary Harney’s infamous $410 (€299) wash and blow-dry at a Florida beauty parlour.
A few strands of hair was all it took for scientists to reconstruct both physical characteristics and a family tree for a man who lived in Greenland 4,000 years ago. Dick Ahlstrom the Science Editor of the Irish Times has told us that the remains were dug out of the permafrost back in 1986 at Qeqertasussuk on the western edge of Greenland. A Danish-led research team reported their discoveries this morning in the journal Nature.
Customs have shut down a fourth cannabis farm in recent weeks according to Sarah Stack in the Metro Herald. They “stumbled across” an industrial cannabis factory capable of producing €1 million of the drug a year.
4 Kids Left Home Alone – Irish Daily Mirror. Three young children aged 12, six and four as well as a five month old baby were left at home alone by their mum after she jetted off to England for a four day trip. The woman is from Navan, Co. Meath.
George Lee’s resignation is all over this morning’s papers as the former RTÉ economics editor leaves Fine Gael as he felt he had no influence on the party’s economic policies. Fionnan Sheahan, Aine Kerr and Fiach Kelly of the Irish Independent report that the ‘celebrity candidate’ was frozen out. Stephen Collins and Harry McGee of the Irish Times have said that Enda Kenny’s future as Fine Gael leader will hinge on the support he gets at a meeting of the party front bench in Leinster House today, following the sensational decision by Lee to resign.
The Irish Independent has more to say about George Lee as Fionnan Sheahan reports that he will get paid a compensation package of just €15,445 after resigning as a TD. The rules state a member of the Oireachtas must have at least six months’ consecutive service to be entitled to a termination lump sum.
The Financial Regulator has said it is reviewing how to strengthen enforcement against overcharging by banks after AIB admitted charging 40,000 customers incorrect fees and interest over several years due to an error discovered in November 2008. Simon Carsewll, Finance Correspondent, reports further in today’s Irish Times.
Keeping with the Irish Times where Lara Marlowe reports that two Irish men are recovering from gunshot wounds in a New York hospital after being shot by a security guard in a dispute over smoking at a bowling alley. Gerard Hourigan from Limerick and Justin Donaghy from Navan, both age 29, were smoking indoors at about 1.45am on Saturday when Michael Iavecchio (54), the bowling alley’s security guard, took them outside and a fight broke out.
Michael Jackson’s doctor was yesterday charged with involuntary manslaughter. The Irish Independent reports that Dr Conrad Murray, a cardiologist who was with Jackson when he died on June 25, is charged that he “did unlawfully, and without malice, kill Michael Joseph Jackson” by acting “without the caution and circumspection required”.