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NI paper review: Jay Donnelly sacking and classroom sizes

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Footballer Jay Donnelly's sacking and a looming classroom shortage make the front pages of the daily papers.

The News Letter and Belfast Telegraph both lead on reports Cliftonville FC has sacked Donnelly.

The footballer had his sentence for distributing an indecent image of a child reduced from four months to three months on Tuesday.

The Belfast Telegraph reports Cliftonville is expected to confirm its decision on Thursday.

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Image caption Jay Donnelly has reportedly been sacked by Cliftonville Football Club

The Irish Football Association's (IFA) disciplinary committee is expected to meet next week to consider action against Donnelly.

The committee may decide to charge him with bringing the game into disrepute.

'Retrograde and worrying'

The Daily Mirror leads with a story on a call to action to tackle a looming crisis in Northern Ireland's secondary education system.

Scape group, which advises local authorities on new buildings, has said an additional 300 classrooms could be required in Northern Ireland to deal with a growing pupil population.

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Ulster Teachers' Union general secretary Jacquie White said a trend for growing class sizes in the province was a "retrograde and very worrying trend".

She said: "It is vital schools have the resources and teachers the support to ensure our children get the best possible educational chance."

The News Letter carries on its front page a story about the arrival of the official Game of Thrones touring exhibition to the Titanic Centre.

Image caption Game of Thrones draws many tourists to the Dark Hedges in County Antrim

Appearing alongside an image of the Dragon Skull Pit, the story gives a preview of what will be on show to the public.

It opens on Thursday and runs until the start of September.

'Such a shock'

On the front page of the Irish News are tributes to Siobhan McVey, a County Londonderry woman who died after collapsing at a GAA match on Sunday.

The paper reports that the mother-of-five had been watching her son Declan turn out for St Patrick's GAC Loup at the club's home ground.

The 56-year-old collapsed in the final five minutes of the Derry Senior League game.

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Image caption Siobhan McVey was attending a GAA match in the County Londonderry village of Loup when she collapsed

Her son Paul is quoted in the paper as saying his mother's sudden death was "such a shock" and would leave a "massive hole in our family".

"Her nature was to look after other people - daddy, her own children and the children in the playgroup," he said.

"We are so blessed because of her and daddy's guidance throughout our lives. She taught us the values of respect and good manners and she was devoted to her faith, which she embedded in us."

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