What the Newspapers Are Saying: The Saturday Front Pages


Leaked documents exposing the workings of the Kinahan Empire, housing projects for Ukrainian refugees and terminally ill patients being denied access to care are all headlines in Ireland this Saturday.

Irish weather reveals through leaked documents that the Kinahan family developed extensive business activity in a low-regulation free zone in Dubai in the period following the 2016 Regency Hotel attack in Dublin, even though authorities were aware that shareholders included Daniel Kinahan and Christopher Kinahan junior.

Preparations are in full swing for Ed Sheeran’s Irish tour, according to the Irish Examiner, which kicks off tonight in Dublin. The newspaper also reports that local authorities will be given greater emergency powers to buy houses to house Ukrainian refugees in the coming weeks.

the Irish Daily Mail reports that terminally ill patients are being denied access to a palliative care service due to a ‘staffing crisis’ at a center in Waterford.

Suspect Christian Brueckner was grilled in a German prison for the first time over Madeleine McCann, according to the Irish Daily Mirror.

echo reports that operations will start today at the Port of Cork’s new €86million container facility at Ringaskiddy – positioning Cork as an ‘international gateway for trade’.

In Northern Ireland, the Belfast Telegraph says Stormont department which ‘hunted’ whistleblower for speaking out against animal suffering and potential fraud continues to insist he did nothing wrong – but paid him compensation approximately 1 million pounds sterling (1.2 million euros).

In Britain, pressure on the Prime Minister and a bomb threat against England footballer Harry Maguire feature in national newspapers.

The Guardian and the I weekend report that Boris Johnson’s position is in jeopardy on partygate as the threat of further fines hangs over him.

The story is also covered by The Daily Telegraphalthough the newspaper is replete with EU analysis showing that France and Germany escaped a 2014 embargo to sell £230m worth of weapons to Russia.

The daily mail says the Prime Minister has promised Britain will supply Ukraine with tanks to repel the new Russian offensive.

Madeleine McCann’s parents have welcomed the news that Portuguese authorities have declared a German official suspect in her disappearance, according to the DailyMirror.

the FT weekend reports that the pound fell to its weakest level since the end of 2020 on Friday amid a rapid slowdown in trading activity.

The Independent picks up the theme, with the paper covering new figures that show the rising cost of living has led to the lowest level of consumer confidence since the financial crash of 2008.

England defender Harry Maguire has been threatened with detonating three bombs at his home if he doesn’t stop playing for Manchester United, says The sun.

And the daily star reports that a former commander of the International Space Station plans to grow “super pure” cannabis on lunar missions.

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