Northern Ireland

NI paper review: Trump dominates the headlines

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The Daily Mirror leads with the US President Trump's visit to Ireland and of course some of the comments he has made so far.

"Border will be wall right," is the headline, combining his statements on the post-Brexit border in Ireland, ie. that it will be "just fine" having just referenced it as "a wall".

Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) Leo Varadkar quickly pointed our that what his government wants "to avoid, of course, is a border or a wall".

The News Letter has the only Trump-free front page.

It prefers to put a quite different head of state front and centre - The Queen.

Disappearance

She was meeting veterans as she led D-Day commemorations on Wednesday.

The News Letter devotes four pages of coverage to the commemorations.

Its main story is the relief expressed by victims of historical institutional abuse after a political agreement was reached which could see them receive compensation.

Stormont parties and the head of the NI Civil Service, David Sterling, reached agreement on Wednesday on changes to draft legislation.

The Belfast Telegraph leads with the disappearance of Count Down man William 'Pat' McCormick and CCTV footage showing his last known movements.

The PSNI believe the 55-year-old has been murdered.

The Belfast Telegraph also gives considerable coverage to the D-Day commemorations with its editorial proclaiming that the "Normandy heroes gave us the peace we take for granted".

Pit-bull

The Irish News leads with the question: "Where is the dangerous dog that mauled little Annie?"

Eight-year-old Annie McFadden was attacked by the "pit-bull-type dog" three weeks ago but it is "still at large", the Irish News reports.

The paper's second story covers the Trump story, and his border wall comment.

Turning to politics and the talks aimed at restoring power sharing in Northern Ireland, Irish News columnist Newton Emerson writes that Sinn Féin are showing their nerves after poor election results south of the border.

Mr Emerson believes there is evidence that the party is softening its negotiating position because it is anxious to return to Stormont to address the issue of welfare reform in particular.

Interestingly, the editorial in the News Letters expresses its concern that "few" of those putting themselves forward as prospective leaders of the Tory party are, in its terms, "reliable unionists".