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Last Updated: Monday, 13 June, 2005, 07:53 GMT 08:53 UK
What the papers say
Journalist Keith Baker takes a look at what is making the headlines in Monday's morning papers.

Several of the front pages concentrate on the car and the body recovered from Newry canal.

The Belfast Telegraph says the family of the missing man, Gareth O'Connor, have been having an agonising wait for him to be identified.

Gareth O'Connor's father notes in the Irish News that it's exactly 25 months since he disappeared and he hopes they'll find closure now.

"We don't feel anything at the moment," he says. "We're all on autopilot."

There are reports on the circumstances of Mr O'Connor's disappearance and his family's belief that the IRA was behind it.

But Daily Ireland claims no bullet wounds were found on the body.

And the paper believes this casts fresh doubt on those assertions.

Leadership contest

The News Letter gives us news of the latest contender in the contest for the unionist leadership.

Noting that the North Down MLA Alan McFarland is a former major in the Army, the paper's headline talks of a "call to arms to save the UUP".

And there's much interest in Peter Hain's interview on BBC Northern Ireland's Politics Show on Sunday when he responded to claims that he had anti-unionist views before Labour came to power.

Several papers headline his appeal to unionists: "Judge me on my record".

But the News Letter reckons unionists will be suspicious and many will feel that his sympathies lie more with the nationalist and republican standpoint.

The Irish News has been visiting two parts of north Belfast - Whitewell and the White City - to find out just what sort of peace dividend is being enjoyed by the people who live there.

The answer is ... not a very good one.

It finds two torn communities which it says are starved of assistance.

The paper reports how both Catholic and Protestant community leaders are trying to keep a lid on tensions.

And it says both sides are frustrated by what they feel is a lack of government funding for projects which keep young people occupied in a constructive manner.

Several of the cross-channel papers give us the latest on the row between Britain and France over the EU Budget rebate.


The Daily Telegraph says the battle of words between the two countries has risen to a level not seen since the Iraq war.

The Guardian says this will be a poisonous week, culminating in the annual meeting of EU leaders.

And the Sun says Tony Blair will be under siege when he goes to Brussels.

The Express returns to the controversy over the death of the Princess of Wales.

It reports that investigators have discovered that Henri Paul, the chauffeur who was driving her at the time of the accident, had received 75,000 in the weeks beforehand.

The inquiry team are now said to be trying to find out who authorised the payments - many of them from accounts in Britain - and why.

There's much interest in Royal Ascot which begins on Tuesday but not at its usual venue.

This time it's being held at York while the Ascot racecourse is being refurbished.

The Independent says York is braced for its biggest invasion since Ivar the Boneless and his Viking hordes stormed it in the year 867.

The Times reports that when Wimbledon starts soon, the taxman will be mingling with the crowds, trying to weed out local residents who may be renting their properties to some of the players and not declaring it.

According to the paper, some home owners are charging 6,000 a week for a five-bedroom house.

There's a cartoon showing a man opening his front door and finding a Jehovah's Witness standing there.

"Thank heavens," he says. "I thought you were from the Inland Revenue."

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