Northern Ireland

What the papers say

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Journalist Liz Kennedy takes a look at what is making the headlines in Friday's newspapers.

The cancellation of hospital appointments is an ongoing problem for the health service locally.

And it's a two-way difficulty, according to the Belfast Telegraph, with over 380,000 appointments cancelled by both hospitals and patients in 12 months.

In the paper, Independent MLA and GP Dr Kieran Deeny says that patients who fail to turn up without notifying hospital staff should be fined.

Meanwhile "Ulster Unionists may do DUP deal" is The News Letter headline.

That's according to party chief whip Fred Cobain, who said that the issue should be decided on "what the Conservatives can deliver for the UUP".

And "join us on the path to peace," is the message from Irish President Mary McAleese, in an appeal to dissidents in The Irish News.

"Paramilitarism is in the past," she writes and "love is stronger than hate. It's as simple as that."

Her words are alongside a striking picture of the wreckage of Derry shops being repaired, after the bomb in Strand Road in Londonderry.

Irish invasion

News from the front, with an invasion of Ireland planned during World War II, apparently.

The Nazis were preparing to land in the Republic, en route to a WWII invasion of Britain, according to the Irish Independent.

It reports the discovery of new British files, released on Thursday. The Nazis were going to wear Allied uniforms, if they'd carried out that plan.

Meanwhile The Irish Times reports on the Carrickfergus man honoured in a Polish city, where he warned of Nazi danger early in the 1930s.

On Thursday, John Ernest Lester's daughter Ann was in Gdansk to accept an honour on his behalf.

Dr Lester was apparently a lone voice amongst non-Germans, warning of Hitler's advance across Europe and a British contemporary at the time called him the "most hated man in the Third Reich," because of his prescience.

Brothers' battle

But it's the battle of the brothers that's getting a lot of attention elsewhere. That's the rivalry between Ed and David Miliband, of course.

The Mirror has Ed saying "I love David very much... but".

Of course, there is a "but".

Apparently Ed "banged" on the desk, accusing David of being trapped by the right-wing press into thinking that the Labour Party had to move to the right to woo voters.

Meanwhile The Mail says David will woo the middle classes to get support, but they won't be comparing notes on anyone who's being wooed, as Ed told the Mirror that the brothers haven't spoken for a fortnight.

Meanwhile the fugitive businessman Asil Nadir is on the front of the Mail, The Times, The Guardian and the The Daily Telegraph.

He's back "to face justice" according to the reports.

The Times says his return to face fraud charges takes us back to the "heady" days of the 1980s, when it was "still a novelty that someone might make a fortune in finance overnight" and it was "even harder to imagine that someone might lose one overnight too".

And finally, what made one neighbour go "barking mad"?

It's revenge in kind, really, according to The Sun and Daily Telegraph.

A neighbour recorded the sound of next door's barking dog and then played it back at full volume in the early hours of the morning.

But the dog owner says that her neighbour is just as bad, as he plays the drums and turns up the radio in his garden.

Previously the two neighbours had lived next to one another for ten years, without a problem and then barking Buster arrived on the scene.

The case has been adjourned till 10 September.

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