Northern Ireland

NI paper review: Paisley plea and twitter spat

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Image caption Mrs Paisley called for Stormont to be restored before abortion is decriminalised

An appeal from Baroness Paisley for the DUP and Sinn Féin to "compromise" in order to see Stormont restored makes the front page of Thursday's News Letter.

Mrs Paisley has asked for the Assembly to be up and running within a fortnight so that abortion will not be decriminalised on 21 October.

She said parties are facing "the greatest test of our political leadership" calling for someone to "break party political cover and save the day".

Inside, the paper covers the Northern Irish woman who has become the second recipient of a grant from The Academy - the body responsible for awarding Oscars to the film industry's top talents.

Aislinn Clarke received a £20,000 bursary and will be mentored by The Academy for a year.

Ms Clarke got the 2019 Fellowship for Women award at a ceremony in London.

The Irish News pay tribute to double all-Ireland winner and former Down manager Eamonn Burns after his sudden death aged 56.

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Image caption Eamonn Burns led the Mournemen to the Ulster SFC final in 2017

Playing as a midfielder, Mr Burns helped Down win two All-Ireland titles in 1991 and 1994.

He went on to manage the squad for three years, before stepping down in September 2018.

Down County Board said the whole county had been "rocked by the news" and described him as "a true son of Down".

The newspaper goes on to cover BBC Radio Ulster's biggest schedule shake-up in recent years.

The radio station has announced new presenters, new weekday and weekend shows.

Broadcaster and author Dearbhail McDonald and comedian Shane Todd are among the new presenters announced by the BBC.

'Showdown meeting'

The Belfast Telegraph returns to Brexit for their front page ahead of Boris Johnson and Leo Varadkar's meeting on Thursday afternoon.

Sources told the newspaper that the "showdown" meeting offers "the last bit of hope" that a deal can be achieved.

The British and Irish prime ministers are travelling to Liverpool to discuss Britain's exit from the EU.

The lunchtime discussions are expected to last between an hour and 90 minutes.

The EU's Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier told MEPs on Wednesday there is still no basis for a deal.

Inside Thursday's Belfast Telegraph the paper also covers NI's two universities offering sexual consent classes or workshops for students.

A spokesperson for Ulster University said it worked in partnership with the student's union to deliver the peer-led workshops.

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Image caption Coleen Rooney said stories about her are being leaked by someone using Rebekah Vardy's Instagram account

Meanwhile, the Twitter spat between Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy labelled 'Wagatha Christie' makes the front page of the Daily Mirror.

Coleen, wife of former England footballer Wayne Rooney, claimed that someone using Rebekah Vardy's Instagram account leaked stories about her to a tabloid newspaper.

Rebekah - the wife of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy - has denied the allegation.

The paper also covers the 10-year anniversary of Boyzone member Stephen Gately's death.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror Keith Duffy said: "Time is a great healer, we tend to celebrate his life now instead of getting upset about him."

The singer died of natural causes on 10 October 2009.