What the papers say: Friday's front pages

What The Papers Say: Friday's Front Pages
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Tensions with Israel over Ireland's recognition of Palestinian statehood, and cuts in payments for refugees, are among the stories that feature on Friday's front pages.

The Irish Times leads with a story on tensions with Israel after Ireland recognised the state of Palestine.


The Irish Examiner leads with a story on a €1.6 billion rail plan for Cork.

The Irish Independent reports 8,000 Ukrainian refugees of pension age will be forced to live off €38 per week.


The Echo leads with the rail plan for Cork.

The Irish Daily Star leads with a story on an Irish woman who was a victim of the German rapist who is a suspect in Madeleine McCann's disappearance.


The Irish Sun and The Herald lead with stories on Jennifer Zamparelli's RTÉ departure.



The Irish Daily Mail leads with a story on the ongoing controversy surrounding GAAGO.

In the North, the Belfast Telegraph leads with a story on SDLP politician Cara Hunter being targeted with online abuse just hours after the UK general election was announced.

The Irish News leads with a story on the Kingsmill report.


Coverage of the first full day of the UK general election campaign dominates the front pages of Friday’s British newspapers.

The Daily Express and The Daily Telegraph both lead with UK prime minister Rishi Sunak saying Sir Keir Starmer could not stand to face him in a televised debate.

The Metro, Daily Mirror and the Financial Times all focus on a ‘faltering’ first day on the campaign trail for Mr Sunak.

A lack of time to pass the smoking ban as well as moves to help renters as time runs out in Parliament occupies the front of the i.

The Guardian is on similar ground as it say Mr Sunak began his campaign “by abandoning flagship policies”.

The Times leads on energy bills which it says will be the topic of the first big election battle between the opposing sides at Westminister.

Conservatives cutting green levies on fuel bills has taken the front page of the Daily Mail.

The Independent runs with the headline “It never rains, but it pours” as Reform UK announces it will field 630 candidates for the election.

And the Daily Star leads with a piece on the “election ejection” as Brits aim to book holidays to flee the election “baloney”.

The New York Times leads with a story on a voting map change that will benefit the Republican Party. A story on problems in getting aid to the US-built pier in Gaza also makes the front page.

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