Saturday, February 04, 2023

Refugee accommodation, calls for prison care review and a look ahead to Ireland’s Six Nations opener are some of the front-page stories in Saturday’s national newspapers.

The Irish Times reports: ‘Protest fears stop hotels hosting refugees’, while the Irish Examiner covers Minister for Integration Roderic O’Gorman’s pleas for buildings to accommodation international protection applicants.

The Echo covers recommendations for a review into prison care following the death of a man in Cork Prison.

Meanwhile, the Irish Daily Mail claims the State increased a settlement offer in order to avoid giving the son of a nursing-home resident access to ‘sensitive material’.

The Irish Independent‘s headline reads: ‘Boost for motorists as fuel tax cut to stay’, following comments from Minister for Finance Michael McGrath that some of the cost-of-living measures announced alongside Budget 2023 will remain in place past the end of this month.


Finally, both the Irish Daily Star and Irish Daily Mirror report on the court appearance of former Republic of Ireland striker Anthony Stokes, who was remanded on bail on Friday after being charged relating to alleged drug and dangerous driving incidents.

In Britain, the front pages cover the case of missing mother-of-two Nicola Bulley, as well as carrying headlines on online misogyny and a comedian’s comments on Britain’s deputy prime minister Dominic Raab.

The Guardian has an interview with a whistleblower who helped expose the British government’s chaotic response to the fall of Kabul and warns the Civil Service has become dangerously politicised.

The Independent has comments from comedian Nish Kumar, who claimed Mr Raab has been unable to “differentiate between different Asians” after he apparently confused him with the brother of anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller.

The Daily Telegraph reports a British government source as saying culture secretary Michelle Donelan believes the Online Safety Bill has the power to put a stop to attacks on women on the internet.

The Sun says police are working on the theory that missing mother Ms Bulley might have been trying to retrieve her dog’s ball when she possibly fell into the river while out for a walk in Lancashire a week ago.

The Daily Express reports former British prime minister Boris Johnson has insisted tax cuts are the key to winning the next General Election.

The Daily Mirror says female stars refused to work with Jeremy Clarkson after comments he made about Meghan Markle in a newspaper column, with a Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? celebrity special resultingly shelved.

The Times reports the British Home Office is looking at two possible legal options to help with British prime minister Rishi Sunak’s plan to bar people who arrive in Britain illegally from claiming asylum.

The FT Weekend carries the news that the FTSE 100, the index of the UK’s largest publicly-listed firms, hit an all-time high on Friday.

The Daily Mail also leads with the mystery of Ms Bulley’s disappearance, carrying a comment from her partner who described the incident which has resulted in a week-long search operation as “insane”.

And the Daily Star tells the tale of what it describes as a “grouchy” owl, which has left people afraid to leave their homes in the West Midlands following a series of attacks.

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