Northern Ireland

Friday's headlines: Fresh talks and a Spanish balcony fall

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald and Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster at the vigil in Londonderry Image copyright Pacemaker
Image caption Mary Lou McDonald and Arlene Foster were among political leaders at a vigil in Derry

Fresh political talks aimed at restoring devolution in Northern Ireland lead the Daily Mirror and Belfast Telegraph.

The all-party discussions follow the murder of journalist Lyra McKee in Londonderry last week.

The Daily Mirror's front page headline reads 'Now you're talking' while the Belfast Telegraph opts for 'Talks on the way after Lyra killing'.

Both papers report that Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley and Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney are likely to make an announcement on Friday.

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Media caption"Why in God's name does it take the death of a 29-year-old woman with her whole life in front of her to get to this point?"

The plan would see new talks taking place after the council elections on 2 May.

Northern Ireland has been without a functioning devolved government since January 2017.

"A rather hefty", dead and smelly snake (and its missing owner) is featured in the Belfast Telegraph.

The newspaper shares the PSNI's appeal for the owner to come forward.

Liam Neeson's return to the big screen following a row over race is in the Daily Mirror.

In an interview in The Independent in February, the actor, from Ballymena, said he walked the streets with a weapon for a week years ago, hoping to take out his anger after someone close to him was raped by a black man.

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The Hollywood star's remarks have sparked widespread outrage.

He is appearing in Men In Black: International, the trailer for which has recently been released.

The News Letter leads with reports of a former INLA prisoner facing deportation from America.

Malachy McAllister sought political asylum in the US in 1988 after his Belfast home was attacked by loyalist gunmen.

The News Letter carries quotes from an interview with New York-based newspaper Irish Voice in which he says he has been "fighting and fighting for so many years".

McAllister says he is afraid of the threat of paramilitary violence against him in Northern Ireland.

"It's like I'll have a red target on my back," he said.

White Star and the Ritz

The newspaper also reports that the antiquated glass filing system from a former County Down mill has been given a new lease of life.

Transparent plates from William Liddell & Co in Donaghcloney - latterly Ewart Liddell - feature patterns for napkins and tablecloths for clients including the White Star Line and the Ritz. They were donated to the University of Ulster by a former mill employee.

Academics at the university, with the help of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, have cleaned the plates, got them digitised and developed a website.

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Image caption HMS Caroline opened to the public as a museum on the centenary of the Battle of Jutland in 2016

HMS Caroline is making waves once again, this time in the local newspapers.

The World War One warship has been shortlisted for the 2019 Art Fund Museum of the Year award.

The Belfast-based vessel will compete against four other UK museums for the prestigious prize, worth £100,000.

'Long way to go'

A teenager coming out of a coma after a balcony fall is the main story in The Irish News.

Niamh McGeoghegan has been left paralysed after falling from a third-floor apartment in Benalmadena, Spain, on St Patrick's Day.

The 18-year-old, originally from Newry in County Down but now living in Spain, sustained a severed spinal cord, fractured skull and two bleeds on her brain.

Her uncle Tony Curran told The Irish News: "She still has a long way to go but will face each obstacle as it comes."

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The newspaper also reports that Belfast has the lowest rate of household waste recycling out of all 11 council areas, according to statistics from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).

The figure for the final quarter of 2018 was 41.7 per cent, 1.4 per cent lower than the previous year.