What the papers say


Journalist Keith Baker takes a look at what is making the headlines in Monday's newspapers.

There is much anticipation of the Bloody Sunday report due out on Tuesday. The News Letter's headline is: "Pressure mounts on McGuinness."

The paper has been talking to senior military figures who say the deputy first minister's IRA past should be investigated if prosecutions are taken against soldiers.

Columnist Laurence White in the Belfast Telegraph says there is no complex moral issue involved.

"If people were killed unlawfully," he says, "then those who committed the crime should be amenable to the law."

In the Daily Telegraph, Queen's University's Professor Lord Bew wonders how prosecutions so long after the event would serve the public interest, not least when so many paramilitary killers have been given early release from jail under the Good Friday Agreement.

The Irish News says the retired Bishop Edward Daly who was pictured so memorably that day in 1972 has pledged to be at the Guildhall Square along with relatives and others.

The paper also has a piece written by John Kelly, the brother of one of those shot dead.


He points out that he will see the report in advance and says he hopes he will be smiling when the prime minister gets to his feet in Westminster on Tuesday.

The Irish Times has been talking to some of those who were shot that day but survived.

It says they are weary of the long drawn-out process but they're hoping for a release from the legacy of trauma and cover-ups.

Maurice Hayes in the Irish Independent is doubtful.

He says Lord Saville's report may be heavily laced with ambiguity and may inspire an industry of explanation and analysis, all of which would deny the victims' families the certainty they seek.

The Irish News has a list of Northern Ireland's top grammar schools.

It lists the top five as St Mary's, Magherafelt; Our Lady's, Newry; Sacred Heart, Newry; Rathmore, Belfast; and St. Patrick's Academy, Dungannon.

The paper says A-level performance in grammar schools is at an all-time high with three out of four pupils achieving three or more top grades.


It notes that Catholic schools are racking up the most As, Bs and Cs and account for the top eight of the best-performing schools.

The Belfast Telegraph has the latest on Natasha McShane, the Co Down student who was attacked in Chicago.

It says her parents are hoping to bring her back to Northern Ireland and want her moved from hospital in Chicago to the Musgrave Park in Belfast.

The main headline in the Independent says the spotlight is still on BP.

The paper says it is crunch time for the company and adding that the White House has turned up the heat with a flurry of new demands.

The Daily Telegraph thinks there won't be a dividend for investors but it notes that there will be a pay-out for investors in the company which owned the faulty rig.

The Mail is angry that BP is under so much pressure while the two other companies involved, both American, are not. It accuses President Obama of hypocrisy and cynicism of the worst kind.

The most photographed man of the day is the England goalkeeper Robert Green who was out on the golf course yesterday trying to relax after dropping a shot on Saturday.

There are plenty of suitable headlines, "Putter fingers," in the Sun, for example.

A PR expert says Green could make millions by capitalising on his misfortune.

The Daily Telegraph suggests suitable products for him to endorse, and possible slogans - such as: "He should have gone to Specsavers," and "I can't believe it's not butter.... fingers."

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