Newspaper review: Fears mount over Irish debt crisis


The Republic of Ireland's financial crisis worries the papers and there is support for Chancellor George Osborne's offer to help the troubled nation.

Morale dilemma

The Daily Telegraph leads on a leaked Ministry of Defence document which says the government's defence review has badly damaged the armed force's morale.

The document, prepared by military officers and senior officials working for Defence Secretary Liam Fox says the process was carried out too quickly.

He wants the trade unions to have less influence over the leadership process.

Wedding bonanza

It says the government plans could see the biggest shake-up in state provision since privatisation in the 1980s.

And the tabloids continue to focus on the impending nuptials of Prince William to Kate Middleton.

The Sun says the wedding will boost the economy by £1bn - through tourism and the sale of food, drink and wedding souvenirs.

Shipwreck toast

Staying on the theme of celebration, 168 bottles of vintage champagne found in a 200-year-old shipwreck have been declared fit for imbibing.

Experts say it tastes of chanterelle mushrooms and linden blossom.

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