What the papers say: Thursday's front pages

What The Papers Say: Thursday's Front Pages
Thursday's front pages: The Irish Times, Irish Independent, Irish Examiner, Belfast Telegraph, Irish Daily Mail, Irish Daily Mirror
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Here are the top stories in Thursday's newspapers as counting continues in the European elections.

The Irish Times reports on tension between the Green Party and the other Government parties as the Greens look set to lose both their MEPs.


Ryanair claims that Dublin Airport's passenger cap will lead to €1,000 airfares this Christmas, the Irish Examiner reports.

The Irish Independent says departing Irish MEPs will get more than €400,000 in "goodbye money" over the next few months.


The Irish Daily Mail leads with RTÉ negotiating an exit payment of up to €400,000 for an individual.

Rory McIlroy and his wife Erica have decided to give marriage another shot, the Irish Daily Mirror reveals.


Belfast Telegraph

The UK general election campaign continues to dominate the front pages of the British newspapers with the spotlight turning to Labour’s manifesto.


The Times says Keir Starmer will put the emphasis on growth and prosperity when he launches the party’s manifesto on Thursday.

The launch also occupies the front of The Daily Telegraph, which says Mr Starmer has refused to rule out tax rises.

The i also focuses on the manifesto, saying Labour is braced to announce “significant spending cuts” to public services but the party insists there will be “no return to austerity”.

Elsewhere, the attention turns to the Conservatives’ perilous state in the polls with the Daily Mail relaying warnings about handing Labour a huge majority, while The Independent asks if this is “the day the Tories finally threw in the towel?”.

Another headache for the Tories features on the front of The Guardian, which says British prime minister Rishi Sunak’s parliamentary private secretary Craig Williams placed a bet on a July election just three days before it was called.

The Daily Mirror turns its focus elsewhere, hearing from the mother of Nottingham stabbing victim Barnaby Webber about the family’s “year of hell” on the anniversary of his death, alongside fellow student Grace O’Malley Kumar and Ian Coates.

Another family tragedy features on the front of the Metro, which hears from a father calling for stronger safety measures on e-bike batteries after he lost his partner and two children in a fire.

The Daily Express turns its attention to health matters, saying 3.6 million people in the UK are at high risk of developing diabetes amid an obesity epidemic.

A warning from the International Energy Agency about a “staggering” surplus of oil amid an increase in investments features on the front of the Financial Times.

And the Daily Star looks at the modesty of England’s footballers as they make use of a naked spa at their Euro 2024 hotel.

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