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What the papers say

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Journalist Mike Philpott takes a look at what is making the headlines in Monday's morning papers.

The local front pages have little in common with each other.

The only story that turns up in two papers - the Irish News and the Daily Mirror - is the death of a Tyrone man in an apparent hit-and-run accident in Cavan.

The Mirror says the driver may have got out of the car to conceal the body of 26-year-old Jonathon Heagney.

But the lead story in the Irish News concentrates on new proposals to tackle anti-social behaviour. As the paper reports, one idea is to make parents pay for any damage caused by their children.

For the Belfast Telegraph, the main issue is the threat by dissident republicans to target civilians employed by the Policing Board.

The paper says it's a "chilling change" of tactics by the Real and Continuity IRA.

The News Letter's front page is dominated by a picture of Louise Dunlop, widow of the motorcycle legend Robert.

The paper talks of an emotional interview in which she said her husband lived on in her three sons.

There is no let-up in the criticism of the budget in Dublin.

Last week, we had older people taking to the streets. It is now the turn of the Catholic bishops to attack the government over education cutbacks.

The Irish Independent reports that Fianna Fáil's poll ratings have plunged, and the intervention of the bishops will come as a major blow to the Taoiseach, Brian Cowen.

The Irish Times puts the Green Party in the spotlight, and says it's "make your mind up time" for the coalition members who made education the centrepiece of their election campaign.

The paper says the Greens are coming under pressure from opposition parties and teaching unions.

Jobs threat

The economy remains firmly on the front pages. There are several different angles on the subject.

The News Letter reports that 22,000 construction jobs in Northern Ireland could be lost next year if economic conditions do not improve.

The Daily Telegraph looks ahead to Gordon Brown's speech later, in which he is widely expected to announce an increase in government borrowing to fend off the recession.

The Financial Times says it will be followed by a speech by the Chancellor, Alistair Darling, on Wednesday, announcing that he will scrap the fiscal rules introduced by Mr Brown when he did the job. Again, the message is increased borrowing.

The Times is one of several papers to report that the Bank of England is under pressure to make a different announcement - this time for an emergency reduction in interest rates.

'Top tomato'

It says rates in America could fall to just one per cent, possibly as early as Tuesday, and the Federation of Small Businesses is calling for the bank to lop a full percentage point off the cost of borrowing in the UK.

Finally, many papers carry pictures of a purple, genetically modified tomato that carries the genes of a snapdragon plant.

As the Daily Express reports, it turns it into the ultimate superfood.

The compounds it contains apparently protect against cancer and heart disease, and several papers point out that it could be the breakthrough that convinces people of the benefits of GM foods.

Unfortunately, as the Daily Mail points out, it may be good for you, but it looks like a cross between an orange and a black pudding.


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