Northern Ireland

NI papers: Double road tragedy and hospital waiting lists

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Hospital waiting lists and the deaths of two people on the roads lead the daily papers.

A nine-year-old died in a one-vehicle crash outside Armagh on Monday morning, while a man in his 30s died after he was struck by a car near Coleraine.

The Belfast Telegraph leads with an exclusive report on hospital waiting lists.

It reveals that children are having to wait more than four years for an appointment.

The paper reports that children with heart conditions, allergies and skin problems are among the worst affected.

"These are not children being referred to hospital with minor ailments but with potentially deadly conditions," the editorial states.

The Royal College of GPs has told the paper that some children have to wait so long, they move into adult services before they get the treatment they need.

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Image caption The Belfast Telegraph leads with an exclusive report on hospital waiting lists.

The front page of the Irish News tries to find out what has happened to the £150m set aside to fund 50 "legacy" inquests into Troubles-related killings.

It reports that the government has been accused of "blocking" the release of funding for the inquests, the majority of which involve the murder of Catholics and allegations of state collusion.

The paper points out that the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster blocked the handover of cash during her tenure as first minister of Northern Ireland.

It says that campaigners now believe the Conservative government, which relies on DUP support to stay in power, is continuing to stand in the way,

A government spokeswoman tells the paper that the management of the inquest system is a devolved matter and decisions are made by Stormont departments.

The Daily Mirror's front page focuses on a documentary about the murder of Clodagh Hawe and her three children.

They were murdered by her husband Alan Hawe in County Cavan in August 2016.

Mrs Hawe's family have called for a full public inquiry into the case.

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Image caption Alan Hawe murdered his wife, Clodagh, and their three sons Liam, Niall and Ryan

The News Letter reports that the death of a man at a homeless hostel in Ballymena at the weekend is not being treated as suspicious by police.

However, TUV leader Jim Allister says it is the third death at the Simon Community facility within a year, and says he is seeking answers about how the hostel is being run.

A spokesperson for the Simon Community tells the paper there are an average of 13 deaths among Northern Ireland's homeless population every month.

"Sadly, deaths within emergency accommodation services are not uncommon," they said.

Image caption The man was the third person to die at the Simon Community hostel on Henry Street within a year

The News Letter also reports that a nursing home has been ordered to pay £500 in compensation to an elderly resident for failing to give him pain medication after a fall.

It says the 85-year-old man fell from his bed at Ard Mhacha nursing home in County Armagh, and was not given pain relief for three days.

The home is run by Runwood Homes, an English firm which was the subject of highly critical report by the Commissioner For Older People last year.

There is much excitement in the local papers about the return of Derry Girls, as the hit TV show unveiled its much anticipated second series.

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Image caption Derry Girls centres on a group of friends growing up in the early-90s

Writer Lisa Magee speaks to the Mirror about the novelty of having an (almost) all-female cast.

"Making TV for women wasn't something I set out to do, but the people in my life who tend to be the funniest are women," she says.

"I went to an all-girls' school and by necessity that meant the smartest person was a girl, the bold one was a girl, the class clown was a girl - and young women have responded to that."