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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.

A lot of questions are being asked in the papers about the death of John Brady, the dissident republican found dead in a police station in Londonderry at the weekend.

He's believed to have taken his own life, but the Belfast Telegraph points out that he's the third person to die in custody here in just over a year and the second inside a month. It says tighter rules on custody are needed.

The Mirror says John Brady had shunned his violent past but he'd been arrested on Friday night over an alleged assault.

One source tells the paper: "He couldn't take more jail."

The Irish News wants to know if he'd been approached to become a Special Branch informer.

His solicitor says: "We've asked the Chief Constable to clarify whether he was visited in his cell by anyone other than routine custody officers."

The News Letter said the prospect of Gordon Brown's arrival hasn't done much to stop Sinn Fein and the DUP descending into open acrimony.


It describes the relationship between the two biggest parties as "increasingly rancorous".

One man watching all this from afar is the former First Minister Lord Trimble.

He's interviewed in the Belfast Telegraph and tells the current incumbents to get on with it.

He says they're "not very good at making decisions".

The Telegraph noted that Lord Trimble made his comments from his barge on the Union Canal in England where he's on his way to Manchester and the Tory party conference.

Which brings us to the Lisbon Treaty vote and what it all means.

The cross channel papers reckon it's David Cameron's turn to feel the heat.

The Mail carries the headline: "Cameron urged to speak out on Europe."

It says there's an internal party row over whether to promise a referendum and this is threatening his attempts to depict the Conservatives as a united government in waiting.

The Mirror says the debate has plunged the party into turmoil.


The Guardian believes Mr Cameron has actually ruled out any possibility of a referendum.

Instead, it thinks he'll try to calm Eurosceptics by campaigning to repatriate some powers from Brussels.

Meanwhile there's some comment about Andrew Marr's interview on Sunday when he described Mr Cameron as a toff and asked him how much he and his wife are worth.

Quentin Letts in the Mail throws his hands up in horror.

"Ask a man about his marriage by all means," he says. "Quiz him about the cleanliness of his underpants...but pry into the state of a chap's wallet? That's about as low a blow as you can get."

The Dublin papers are all full of the Lisbon result.

The front page of the Irish Times shows jubilant yes campaigners waving flags and banners outside Dublin Castle.

But one columnist says the world's media circus has moved on, somewhat disappointed.

It was bad enough to vote yes, she says, but much worse to do it in such numbers that it was game over before it began.


Meanwhile the Irish Independent says Brian Cowen won't have much time to toast the success of the campaign.

It points out that he has just five days to save his Government and come up with a package to keep the Green Party in power.

Finally the Irish News has a story about one of its former reporters Phelim McAleer who went to a movie premiere in New York.

The film's called The Age Of Stupid and it tells the story of the sole survivor after global warming has wiped out the human race.

The film points the finger at flying as being one of our main carbon footprint problems.

But when the intrepid reporter started to ask the director how she'd travelled to the event he was ejected by security guards.

He said the film should be retitled The Age Of Hypocrisy.

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