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Last Updated: Friday, 30 December 2005, 10:09 GMT
What the papers say
Sunday World northern editor Jim McDowell takes a look at what is making the headlines in Friday's morning papers.

It is almost the last day of the year 2005 - and it seems at last peace has finally broken out.

After almost 40 years of violence, there is only one mention of the Troubles on the front pages of the local morning papers.

That is in the Irish News, where the lead story tells us that doctors working in casualty departments of NI hospitals are under greater stress now than at the start of the Troubles.

It says the causes of this are violence directed against doctors and nurses allied to mounting bureaucracy and more demanding patients.

The key to restoring devolution is putting direct rulers out of work - some politicians have called for a fresh initiative to bring back the suspended institutions
Daily Ireland

The paper says things are so bad that Dr Elizabeth Dowey, who qualified at the start of the Troubles in 1967, says: "Belfast City Hospital is part of me - but I would not like to enter medicine now."

The News Letter tells how an elderly woman subjected to a horrific robbery had just been discharged from hospital after suffering a heart attack.

The Belfast Telegraph reports that new laws will "herald a blitz" on drug pushers who operate close to schools.

The Irish Times says that the illegal drugs trade in the Republic of Ireland was worth about 1bn euros last year.

Daily Ireland says the key to restoring devolution is putting "direct rulers out of work" and highlights calls from some politicians for a fresh initiative to bring back the suspended institutions.

The cross-channel tabloids highlight the story of an alleged drunk on a plane being dumped on a west African island by the aircraft's pilot.

The passenger had allegedly become abusive after cabin crew refused to give him more alcohol on a flight from Manchester to Tenerife.




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