What's in the papers: Wednesday's front pages

The booster jab rollout and plans to tackle the Omicron variant dominate the national papers.
What's in the papers: Wednesday's front pages

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The Government's plans to overhaul the roll-out of the Covid-19 booster programme and efforts to dampen the impact of the Omicron variant dominate Wednesday's front pages.

The Irish Times leads with the redeployment of healthcare and public service staff to assist in the rollout of the additional dose of the vaccine.

Meanwhile, the Irish Examiner covers the Department of Education's reiteration that schools will not close early before Christmas despite concern over the spread of Covid among younger cohorts. The paper also reports on the Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030 which aims to cut road traffic deaths and serious injuries by 50 per cent over the next 10 years.

The Echo front page has details of plans unveiled on Tuesday to reduce the train travel time between Cork and Dublin to two hours as part of a €90 million investment in rail infrastructure.

Veering away from Covid, The Irish Sun's front page shows a picture of Daniel Kinahan alongside boxer Lee McGregor in Dubai.

The Irish Daily Star and the Irish Daily Mail both look ahead to the National Lottery's appearance in front of an Oireachtas committee later today on the matter of the yet unwon €19 million jackpot, prompting plans for a must-win draw.

In the UK, the Tory revolt over Covid restrictions and the murder of 16-month-old Star Hobson are covered in the nationals.

The Daily Express and The Daily Telegraph report on the 99 Conservative MPs who rebelled against British prime minister Boris Johnson’s Covid restrictions.

The Guardian says the rebellion will force Mr Johnson to depend on Labour support.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reports murdered toddler Star was “failed five times by social workers” prior to her death.

Metro and the Daily Mirror also lead with the story, with the latter reporting the toddler’s mother “let lover brutally batter” the youngster to death.

The Daily Star takes a swipe at the UK's deputy prime minister Dominic Raab over the number of patients currently being treated in hospital with Omicron.

Meanwhile, The Sun carries Britain's Queen Elizabeth's plans to host Christmas despite the threat of the variant.

Finally, the Financial Times leads with the United Arab Emirates suspending talks with the US over its deal to buy fighter jets as relations between the two countries deteriorate.

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