Newspaper review: NI and Republic of Ireland stories


Journalist Keith Baker takes a look at the morning papers.

The Finucane family featuring prominently this morning. On the front page of the Irish News they're pictured in Downing Street after walking out of Number 10. The headline - "Finucane family angry as Cameron blocks inquiry".

The Belfast Telegraph headline - "Cack-handed Cameron". Security writer Brian Rowan speculates about the decision. He says the truth of Pat Finucane's murder would disturb the narrative of the Northern Ireland conflict, it would expose the plays of a dirty war and ask awkward questions of figures in security, intelligence and politics.

Enda Kenny's views on the matter are in the Dublin papers. As the Irish Times reports, in the Dail on Tuesday he said he told David Cameron that if Geraldine Finucane wasn't happy he wouldn't be happy either.

On the front page of the News Letter a picture of the dentist Colin Howell and new claims about the murders for which he is serving life.

This also appears in the Mirror, the Sun, the Irish News and the Belfast Telegraph.

The Press Association journalist Deric Henderson has written a book about the case. His new report is the News Letter's main story. He says Howell has claimed he might have owned up to the murders of his wife and his ex-lover's husband if the police had challenged him after their bodies were discovered.

Apparently Howell made the claim in a statement to investigators from the Police Ombudsman's office which is soon to release a damning report into the original police investigation.

The Dublin papers have some interesting new claims about the financial affairs of the Fermanagh businessman Sean Quinn.

They're following a court case which is taking place in Cyprus. As the Irish Times explains, a complex legal battle's going on for control of the Quinn family's international properties.

The battle involves the Anglo Irish Bank, which is now owned by the State, and Mr Quinn's wife and children.

The bank is owed 2.8 billion euro overall, and it claims that the family have tried to put some assets beyond reach. It's alleged this includes transferring the assets of a Russian firm which owns a tower block in Moscow to a cousin, Peter Quinn, for about $1,000.

The Irish Times says the international property portfolio stretches to Turkey, the Ukraine and India.

The Irish Independent asks the question: "Will Anglo ever be able to get back the money it believes the Quinns are trying to salt away?"

It's looking like an uphill battle, it says. A judge deeming that the bank is entitled to the money is one thing - recovery of the assets is quite another.

In the London papers, no let-up in the controversy surrounding Dr Liam Fox and Adam Werritty

The Daily Mail's headline - "Fox, four foreign breaks and more questions". It claims that the defence secretary tagged four short breaks with his friend Mr Werritty onto official government trips.

The Guardian says there is doubt over Dr Fox's claims that when they met twice in Dubai this year Mr Werritty was operating in a private capacity. It says records at the five-star hotel show that when he booked in he described his position as "office of Dr Liam Fox".

Finally, pictures in a lot of the papers of champagne being poured by the £101m lottery winners. A cartoon in the Times shows two men reading about them. One says - They've had begging letters already, mostly in Greek.

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