What the papers say: Saturday's front pages

What The Papers Say: Saturday's Front Pages
A selection of Saturday's front pages.
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This weekend, the papers are covering the anniversary of the outbreak of war in Ukraine, the shooting of senior PSNI officer John Caldwell, and Nphet's pandemic-era emergency measures.

The Irish Times leads with a poll: a majority of people would not vote for former taoiseach Bertie Ahern in a presidential election, under any circumstances. The front page photograph shows Ukrainian refugees at the GPO, marking one year since war broke out in their home nation.



Victims of domestic violence are set to be paid in full while out on leave after the Government bowed to pressure from campaign groups, according to the Irish Examiner.


In the Irish Independent, Professor Martin Cormican, a member of Nphet, has broken ranks and criticised elements of the State's pandemic response as being "inhumane".

The Belfast Telegraph has more coverage of the shooting of senior PSNI officer John Caldwell. The paper reports that detectives believe a relative of a senior dissident republican, who is currently behind bars facing terror charges, is one of the gunmen who tried to murder DCI Caldwell on Wednesday.

Irish Daily Mail leads with a report from the High Court: an Irish dancing teacher accused of 'feis-fixing' has successfully halted her suspension.

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s efforts to negotiate with the European Union in order to solve Brexit-related issues make the front pages of several of Saturday’s papers.

The Telegraph says Mr Sunak hopes to secure a deal on the Northern Ireland Protocol this weekend after claims of last-minute concessions from Brussels.


The Guardian says Mr Sunak is poised to announce a deal as soon as Monday but could face a fresh battle with pro-Brexit Conservative backbenchers in the European Research Group (ERG) and the Democratic Unionist party (DUP).

The Financial Times leads on a warning from Ukraine’s western allies to countries helping Russia to evade sanctions.

The Daily Mirror says Environment Secretary Therese Coffey’s comment that British consumers should eat more turnips instead of imported food has prompted a run on the root vegetable.

The Daily Star also reports that shoppers have stripped supermarket shelves of turnips with a front page reference to turnip-loving Baldrick from the Blackadder TV comedy series.

The Daily Express suggests the Queen Consort’s call to writers to be “unimpeded by those who may wish to curb the freedom of your expression” may have influenced Puffin UK’s announcement that Roald Dahl’s classic texts will remain in print despite concerns about potentially offensive language.

And the Daily Mail reports on a grieving mother’s battle to keep her daughter’s killer behind bars.

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