Newspaper review: The Beatles and a Brexit pact row

By Amy Stewart

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Pacts seem to be the theme of the week as far as front pages go.

The Irish News reports that the SDLP has proposed a fresh anti-Brexit pact in three constituencies, despite the fact that the Green Party has "rejected" any deal.

Steven Agnew said he could not be part of a pact, because the party could not strike a deal with others who do not share its "vision for a progressive society".

Mr Eastwood said the failure to agree with the Greens was a "deep disappointment".

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No deal - says Green Party's Steven Agnew to Brexit pact

The News Letter takes a slightly more ominous angle on the fall-out: "Bitter recriminations after anti-Brexit pact bites dust."

It reports that there was a "fierce exchange" of accusations between the Alliance Party and the Green Party, with each suggesting the other had behaved in a "sectarian fashion".


The Belfast Telegraph front page carries the tragic news that an Italian rider has died, after a crash at the Tandragee 100 race.

Dario Cecconi, 38, sustained serious injuries when he came off his bike in the last lap of the senior support race at the event on Saturday.

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Mr Cecconi was taken to Craigavon Area Hospital after the crash, but died on Tuesday

The paper shows a picture of him and his partner and quotes his brother Luca as saying the day was the "worst in his life".

Both the Belfast Telegraph and the News Letter report on the controversy surrounding Sinn Féin's Northern leader.

The papers report there has been "outcry" over plans for Michelle O'Neill to give a speech "honouring" an IRA gang shot dead after bombing an RUC station 30 years ago.

It has emerged Ms O'Neill will make the speech at a rally commemorating those killed by the SAS at Loughall.

The News Letter quotes DUP MLA William Irwin as saying Mrs O'Neill decision to speak at the event was "further proof that the leader does not demonstrate the respect she demands from others".

Victims' campaigner Kenny Donaldson told the Belfast Telegraph that Mrs O'Neill should commit herself to "righting the wrongs of the past".

'Crime sale'

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The Beatles formed in Liverpool before achieving worldwide fame in the 1960s

Good news for fans of the Fab Four. The Belfast Telegraph reports that limited editions of prints of The Beatles are to be sold at a Belfast auction house as part of a crime assets sale.

Other interesting items at Thursday's sale at Wilson's Auctions include a seized fishing trawler and a yacht used to smuggle cocaine.

'Victims three times over'

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The Hyde Park bomb exploded as the Household Cavalry passed

The News Letter reports that families of the Hyde Park bomb soldiers say they have been made victims "three times over".

Relatives of some of the members of Royal Household Cavalry who died in the 1982 attack have said that the deal which "allowed John Downey to walk free" under the on-the-runs scheme made victims out of them a second time.

The families are taking their own legal action. However the paper reports that the Legal Aid Agency has refused to fund the action "again and again" and the families feel this is a third victimisation for them.

'Life advice from a boxing legend'

There's a picture of a boxing legend on the front of The Irish News.

Panama's Roberto Duran visited Glengormley ABC boxing club to give some wise words of advice to hopeful young Framptons and Alis.

After sparring with some of the boxers he reminded them to "never forget their education". Wise advice indeed.

And finally - ever dreamed of living in a Victorian cottage? If you have a spare £150,000 this is one dream which could be reality.

The News Letter reports that the former Master Boarders Lodge at Methodist College has gone up for sale. Queens Conservation Area credits its design to Dublin architect William Fogerty who also designed the main building at the school.