Newspaper review: NI and Republic of Ireland stories


Journalist Liz Kennedy takes a look at the morning papers.

The verdict in the Jennifer Cardy murder trial is the most widely reported subject.

"Justice at last" is the headline in both the Belfast Telegraph and the News Letter, referring to yesterday's court verdict, 30 years on from the nine-year-old's murder for which Robert Black was convicted.

"Innocence destroyed by evil" is the headline in the Irish News.

The MDaily Mirror writes that the verdict was "justice for Jennifer" and prints the family's words that they will "pray for the monster who stole our angel".

A retired RUC officer writes of the moment Jennifer's body was discovered near Aghalee.

He said it had never crossed his mind that this could be a serial killer.

That was something you "read about in the papers," like the Moors murders in England.

Child killer

In the Sun, Jennifer Cardy's mother is quoted, saying that the verdict had not brought closure to the family, because their daughter was gone, "but at least the perpetrator of this gruesome horrible crime has been brought to justice".

The Daily Mail asks if Robert Black is the UK's worst child killer, listing 13 other unsolved deaths he may be linked with.

They include the disappearance of seven-year-old Mary Boyle in Ballyshannon, County Donegal in 1977.

A "snapshot of life" in the Republic is provided by new figures from the office of Central Statistics.

"Ireland is poorer, sicker, is experiencing more crime and is in greater debt than ever," the Irish Independent reports.

But six figure salaries are defended by Gay Byrne.

He is referring to the money earned by presenters at RTE and says that they need the high wages, because they are free-lancers and don't have pension rights or long-term job security.

In the presidential race in the Republic, there is some speculation over voter confusion at the ballot box.

That's because there were also two referenda on judicial pay and Oireachtas inquiries and there was a by-election in Dublin West.

Definitive take

But the lady who has voted in every contested presidential election in the South is pictured on the front of the Irish Times.

Kitty O'Neill is 98 and she has the definitive take on politics generally, saying: "The person who is most able should be the one who wins."

Street politics very much in the news, as the anti-capitalism protests across the world are widely reported, particularly the camp at St Paul's Cathedral in London.

The Independent warns that "storm clouds" are gathering.

It says the Church of England has been "shaken to its foundations" by the row over the protesters.

Meanwhile, the Guardian has an interview with Canon Giles Fraser who resigned over the debacle, but who says he "could imagine Jesus being born in the camp".

There is news of convicted Ponzi scheme perpetrator Bernie Madoff.

The Times says he is happier in his prison cell than he was in his $7m penthouse in Manhattan.

That is because he's not worrying about being arrested any longer, for what's thought to be the largest financial fraud in US history.

There is good news for Halloween apple-bobbers.

The Daily Telegraph publishes the formula for finding the perfect bobbing apple.

A maths professor has an equation calculating the diameter and texture of the apple with the average mouth size.

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