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What the papers say
Journalist Keith Baker takes a look at what is making the headlines in Monday's morning papers.

The Irish News has a special report on what the future holds for the Catholic Church in Ireland.

The investigation is a follow-up to the Ferns report and successive child abuse scandals in the Republic of Ireland.

The paper talks to Church leaders, rank-and-file clergy and a lay organisation. The conclusion they come to is that lay people must be at the heart of reform as the Church seeks to rebuild its reputation.

Meanwhile, the Irish Independent reports from Tuam, one area which has been at the centre of allegations.

The paper reveals that a teacher who was accused of sexually abusing children was subsequently promoted to the position of principal of a larger school.

The paper says this raises "disturbing and complex issues involving procedures which are inadequate and faulty". Who, if anyone, will rectify that, the paper asks.

DUP 'plan'

The News Letter looks at a thorny political issue - the legislation which, it says, would allow fugitive terrorists to avoid being locked up in prison.

The paper says it has learned of what it calls a "DUP-led plot" to stop the Bill relating to "on-the runs", as they are known.

Jeffrey Donaldson tells the News Letter that stopping the legislation in the Commons is not ruled out, but they are confident about mounting "a serious challenge" in the Lords.

Daily Ireland wonders if Gerry Adams is going to be allowed to fundraise while on a visit to the United States.

There is a front-page picture of a thoughtful-looking George Bush. The paper reckons that he has been lobbied by the British and Irish governments. A headline asks: "Is he having his strings pulled?"

Several papers report from Dublin where Sinn Fein held a banquet at the weekend to mark the party's centenary.

The Irish Times notes Mr Adams' welcome for "three people who have come the whole way from Colombia to be with us this evening".

In his speech, he also predicted a united Ireland in his lifetime.

But Nelson McCausland of the DUP tells the Irish News that if Sinn Fein have indeed signed up to the principle of consent then there won't be... either in his lifetime or the one after.


The Belfast Telegraph is concerned about the number of young people carrying knives.

It highlights the latest attack in the city centre - a 22-year-old man was stabbed at the weekend - and says Northern Ireland could benefit from the creation of controversial new laws which would allow teachers to search children for weapons in schools.

The paper interviews a senior police officer who says the PSNI would be interested in talking to education boards about combating the knife culture.

In the cross-channel papers, the Mirror claims to have received a leaked set of proposals for shaking up the Child Support Agency.

It says that absent fathers who refuse to pay for their children's upkeep could be forced to give up their passports.


They might also be electronically tagged and banned from running their own companies.

However, the Mirror does not see much merit in any of this. Given the CSA's record of incompetence, it says, it will probably "achieve little good and be even more unfair".

Finally, the Sun reports that Roy Keane is selling his new 4m home in Cheshire without even setting foot in it.

The paper reckons that this will fuel speculation about his future. The prospective buyer, apparently, is his former Manchester United pal, Nicky Butt.

The Sun lists some of the features which it thinks the house might have - including a roof that is easily hit, a secret escape route to Celtic Park and 11 rubbish bins which can each take a full-size Manchester Utd player.

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