What the papers say: Wednesday's front pages

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

Wednesday's front pages are dominated by the cost of living crisis and the discovery of an elderly couple found dead in their Co Tipperary home.

The Irish Times and Irish Examiner both lead with inflation stories, along with the discovery of the bodies of Nicholas and Hilary Smith.

Thousands of Irish families will get a €240 health insurance refund, according to the Irish Independent.

The Echo leads with a story on children being exposed to porn.

The Irish Sun leads with the cost of living crisis, and budget plans.

The Irish Daily Mail leads with a report which has found Ireland is well above the EU average on the costs of almost everything.

The Herald leads with a story on Leon Griffin receiving extra jail time.

In the North, the Belfast Telegraph leads with a murder case.

The Irish News leads with a story on police infiltrating a messaging service in an investigation into criminal gangs.

Wednesday’s UK front pages splash on deserted train stations as rail staff begin the first day of their scheduled strikes.

The Financial Times reports the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) rejected a 3 per cent pay rise and 1,800 job cuts. The UK prime minister is quoted as saying the rail sector must modernise or “go bust”.

The Daily Mirror says Network Rail chief Andrew Haines earns 20 times the wage of a train guard and 13 times more than the average train worker. The paper adds that a ComRes poll found 58 per cent of Brits support the strike action, which is the biggest for 30 years.

The Sun and Daily Express call the strikes a “class war”, with the former paper saying Britain faces a looming “summer of discontent” as teachers have threatened industrial action if their wages are not increased.

 

The Daily Mail adopts a similar tone in its coverage, focusing on the Labour MPs who defied their party by joining picket lines on Tuesday.

Unions have accused Boris Johnson of pursing a “race to the bottom” by heading off public sector pay hikes as teachers and postal workers threaten action, The Independent adds.

Metro and The Daily Telegraph note that the same day the UK government told workers to accept a real-terms pay cut and “restraint”, it promised pensioners a double-digit increase to keep pace with soaring inflation.

Meanwhile, the i has been advised by anonymous Whitehall sources that the government is attempting to change a law which would curtail the right to strike.

The Daily Star weighs into the fray with claims MPs were told to avoid travel chaos by taking a taxi or Uber to work and charging it to taxpayers.

Elsewhere, The Guardian leads with a report that Downing Street will set out sweeping plans to override the power of Europe’s human rights court after a judge blocked the UK from deporting asylum seekers to Rwanda. The Tory bill has been accused of “fatally weakening human rights” by campaigners and lawyers.

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