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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 carries a lead story about one of the Disappeared.

It says the commission set up to locate victims' remains has been given new information about the secret burial place of one victim, west Belfast man Peter Wilson, who went missing in 1973.

The paper says a former IRA man has come forward with details of how Mr Wilson was shot and then buried at the Bog Meadows nature reserve.

However, the Irish News says this information conflicts with details passed on by the commission's official contact from the IRA who said Mr Wilson was taken across the border and buried.

The main story in the News Letter is the police visit to Castlereagh Council offices as part of the investigation into Iris Robinson's financial dealings.

There is a report that councillors were forewarned about the visit. One former colleague of Mrs Robinson, Jimmy Spratt, is not happy about the publicity and he accuses some councillors of being "hell bent on inventing controversy for their own agenda".

The Mirror says senior staff and councillors decided last Wednesday that the police could come in on Saturday when the offices were closed.

Lock keeper key

It says they will now be sifting through a mountain of paperwork and it tells us they have a computer specialist on hand to help them look through Mrs Robinson's emails. The keywords that they are looking for, it says, are - "Lockkeeper's Inn".

Several of the papers carry dramatic pictures of the floods in Madeira.

There is a dramatic eye witness account in the Belfast Telegraph by one Belfast woman who describes watching cars being swept down the street.

"Madeira storm hell," says the Sun.

The Independent says Madeira has been hit by floods in the past, but never anything as severe as this. In the last instance, in 1993, eight people died.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown's mood might not be improved when he looks at the headlines.

Downing Street's denials have not done much to dispel the stories about the prime minister's temper.

The Guardian says pressure is mounting for the cabinet secretary to have a formal investigation.

Prime Monster?

The Times says the allegations call into question Mr Brown's fitness to govern.

The Sun calls him "The Prime Monster".

The Daily Telegraph writes of what it calls an "extraordinary new twist" with those claims that some Downing Street staff have been calling the anti-bullying headline.

But the Mail wonders: "Ye gods, what kind of wimps work at Number Ten these days?"

On Sunday night, Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams visited the Holy Land as part of a Channel Four series on the Bible.

"God knows why Adams took this journey," reads the headline in the Belfast Telegraph.

It points out that the time slot did not help either.

Some of those most concerned with religion, namely members of the clergy, were either unaware that it was on, or missed it due to their pastoral commitments.

The Times reviewer says it was sometimes bizarre, often thought-provoking TV that will doubtless raise more hackles than it resolves questions.

The Daily Telegraph critic is baffled that Mr Adams can see anything in the Christian message that corresponds with his own actions.

The Independent says it is unquestionable that he finds himself more sinned against than sinning.

And the Guardian says all that was missing was a guest appearance from Dan Brown to claim that Mr Adams was a direct blood descendant of the Messiah.

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