Northern Ireland

What the papers say

Newspapers

Journalist Finola Meredith takes a look at what is making the headlines in Tuesday's newspapers.

The Belfast Telegraph is concerned about the scaling back of the minor ailments scheme.

It says that cold and flu cases are being "dumped back in GPs' laps".

The warning comes from health professionals who fear that the end of pharmacy treatment for coughs and colds could mean clogged up doctors' waiting rooms this winter.

A grim outlook on local finances in the News Letter.

Writing in the paper, Graham Gudgin, former economic adviser to David Trimble, says that Stormont is set to face its first financial crisis - "a wake-up call after years of easy money", and he predicts that - due to our "dysfunctional political system" - it is likely to be a mess.

Meanwhile, the Irish News reports that Northern Ireland's career criminals and sex offenders are escaping the most severe repercussions because judges are not handing down maximum sentences.

New figures show that over a five year period, not a single burglar found guilty at the crown court was given the maximum sentence available.

All the local papers report on the funeral of respected press photographer John Harrison.

As the Irish News observes, it was an eclectic gathering of people from all walks of life, and they were gathered to celebrate one of our most distinguished and popular photographers.

Mr Harrison died suddenly on Friday, after accompanying the first and deputy first ministers on a trade mission to Washington, and Martin McGuinness and Peter Robinson were among the many hundreds of mourners.

Lord Bannside gave a personal tribute at the service, observing that he thought the photographer would be there to record his own passing, and - as the Telegraph notes - Mr Harrison's 21-year-old son Peter made a deeply moving address.

Pictures of the Dublin marathon much to the fore in the Southern papers.

A crowd of 13,000 athletes took part, says the Irish Times, but much of the focus was on so-called 'supergran' Kay O'Regan, aged 74.

The Enniscorthy woman, pictured in the Irish Independent, ran the marathon - and it was her hundredth marathon - in an impressive 4 hours and 25 minutes.

The Guardian claims an exclusive for its report on British military training methods.

"Humiliate, strip, threaten" - according to the paper's headline, that's the British way to interrogate.

It says the British military has been training interrogators in techniques including threats, sensory deprivation and enforced nakedness, in an apparent breach of the Geneva convention.

The secret training materials say that interrogators should aim to provoke humiliation, disorientation and fear.

And finally, there's a fair bit of hostility towards Wayne Rooney in the papers.

Some thinly veiled, some not veiled at all.

The Daily Express notes that Rooney has wasted no time in splashing his £8m pay rise with a luxury trip to Dubai.

The Mail runs a picture of his wife Coleen sipping a cocktail in the hotel pool, with the headline - "Austerity Britain? I'll drink to that".

The Mail says Britain's highest paid footballer is knocking back chicken nuggets at £25 quid a pop.

The fast food may have been costly but, seeing as he earns over £1,000 an hour, the paper says that Rooney still ended lunch much richer than when he started.

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