Saturday, January 07, 2023

Potential strike action from nurses, GP backlogs, and a shortage of flu medicine are among the stories that feature on Saturday’s front pages.

The Irish Times leads with the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) consulting members on industrial action.

A story on patients facing long delays to see GPs features on the front page of the Irish Examiner.

The Irish Independent leads with a story on a shortage of flu medicine.

The Echo leads with a story on pharmacists reporting shortages of certain drugs.

Former Republic of Ireland international Anthony Stokes was charged after gardaí discovered drugs in his car, according to the Irish Daily Star.

A number of Ukrainian refugees may be accommodated at Croke Park, according to The Herald.

In the North, the Belfast Telegraph leads with a story on the police search for the murderer of Natalie McNally.

The UK front pages for Saturday continue to be dominated by the fallout from Prince Harry’s autobiography after it was accidentally published early in Spain.

The Daily Mail, The Times and the Daily Mirror all focus on outrage from the military, veterans and diplomats over Harry’s claim to have killed 25 Taliban fighters – accusing him of putting both his own safety and that of still serving personnel at risk.

While The Sun carries claims first reported over a decade ago by Harry’s former squadron sergeant that the prince was allowed to leave his helicopter base after it was put in lockdown when random drug testers arrived.

Carrying claims from unnamed royal sources, The Daily Telegraph reports Harry’s attacks on the royal family damaged the Queen’s health.

Also leading with unnamed “Palace sources”, the Daily Express says “insiders” have claimed the King is determined to try to mend the rift with Harry – and is willing to take his call.

While the Daily Star focuses on the excerpt from Harry’s book in which he said he was suffering from frostbite on his penis at the wedding of the now-Prince of Wales.

Elsewhere, The Independent and FT Weekend report the British prime minister will hold crunch talks with union leaders from both the rail and health sectors to try and end their respective industrial action.

And Roman Abramovich’s trusts which held billions of dollars in assets were transferred to his children before sanctions against Russian oligarchs came into effect, according to The Guardian.

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