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What the papers say: Friday’s front pages |



Migration challenges facing the State, and a report including allegations of bullying by Professor Philip Nolan, are among the stories that feature on Friday’s front pages.

The Irish Times reports the Government is considering a change in asylum seekers supports, with the number of migrants the State is supporting now exceeding 30,000. The story also said migrants who have been moved to State-run camps, after encampments at Mount Street and the Grand Canal were cleared, will face prosecution if they leave.

Meanwhile, the State is srambling to provide housing for migrants after the Grand Canal encampment was cleared, the Irish Examiner reports.

The Irish Independent leads with a story on allegations of bullying made against Professor Philip Nolan, who was one of the key figures in Ireland’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Echo leads with a story on the tragic death of a man in Cork whose body may not have been found for months.

The Irish Sun leads with a story on Republic of Ireland international Shane Duffy facing a drink-driving charge.

Some of the migrants along Dublin’s Grand Canal were “chased out of their tents by locals”, the Irish Daily Mail reports.

UK police have made an arrest in relation to the Robbie Lawlor murder investigation, The Herald reports.

In the North, the Belfast Telegraph leads with a story on a mother who was subjected to a sectarian attack from drunken men criticising their ‘lenient’ sentence.

The Irish News leads with a story on a PSNI data breach concerning loyalist activist Jamie Bryson.

An outbreak of whooping cough and a “tug of war” over interest rate cuts lead Friday’s UK papers.

The Daily Mail, Metro and the Daily Mirror report on an outbreak of whooping cough that has cost five British babies their lives and puts thousands of other infants across the country at risk.

The Daily Express and the Daily Telegraph both run stories on UK chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s warning to the Bank of England to halt the easing of interest rates.

The Independent runs with a piece on Tory politics as fears rise that more Conservatives could cross the floor to join Labour.

The i splashes with Dominic Cummings’ first major interview since leaving Number 10, with Boris Johnson’s ex-chief adviser saying that he and the former UK prime minister “saved thousands” of lives during the pandemic.

The Times reports UK education secretary Gillian Keegan has hit out at parents who pull their kids out of school on Fridays to enjoy long weekends away or holidays, as she says truancy numbers for the final day of the school week are significantly higher than on a Monday.

The Guardian splashes on the latest bombings by Israel against the Palestinian city of Rafah, with 100,000 people forced to flee.

The Financial Times reports that Anglo American’s South African investors are open to improved bids by Australian mining firm BHP.

And the Daily Star says Nasa has embarked on a mission involving our galaxy’s “best named” planet.

Former US president Donald Trump told a group of oil executives that they should donate $1 billion to his 2024 campaign, promising he would roll back environmental curbs on their industry if he wins a second term in the White House, The New York Times reports.

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