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Newspaper review: Greens set to join 'anti-Brexit' axis

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Newspaper review: Greens set to join 'anti-Brexit' axis

  • 21 April 2017
  • From the section Northern Ireland
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Green Party leader Steven Agnew's intention to join an anti-Brexit axis with Sinn Féin, the SDLP and Alliance makes the front page of the Irish News.

He was speaking to the paper after a meeting with SDLP leader Colum Eastwood.

The Green Party received less than 3% of the vote in last month's Assembly election, but its 10% support in South Belfast could be significant if it enters an electoral pact in that constituency, the Irish News reports.

Sinn Féin has told the paper it wants to form a "progressive alliance".

Strangled at birth?

"Peter will not marry Paul in Northern Ireland," former DUP health minister Jim Wells has told the Belfast Telegraph.

He said that he and other DUP MLAs would spilt from the party if it ever agreed to same-sex marriage, describing it as a "red-line issue".

Mr Wells said the DUP would block Sinn Féin plans for a Northern Irish civil forum, as a similar forum led to same-sex marriage in the Republic of Ireland.

"We will strangle that at birth if that's what it is going to bring," he said.

'Irreplaceable'

The Telegraph leads with tributes to Castlewellan teenager Conall O'Hare, who died in a single car crash on Tuesday.

His family told the paper that the 18-year-old, who aspired to be an accountant, was "irreplaceable".

He had celebrated his birthday just a few days before the crash.

The Newsletter's lead story focuses on the political talks aimed at re-establishing power-sharing in Northern Ireland.

The paper reports that local politicians will be given a further three weeks after the general election on 8 June to reach an agreement - the third extension so far.

DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson tells the paper the onus was now on Sinn Féin to embrace power-sharing.

The News Letter's front-page picture is of golfer Rory McIlroy and his fiancee Erica Stoll, who are set to marry in County Mayo this weekend.

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The Daily Mirror leads with celebrity wedding and the news that the Holywood golfer is to put on a £50,000 fireworks display on the big day.

Celebrities from all over the world are expected to attend the A-list event in Ashford Castle, including actor Jamie Dornan and One Direction's Niall Horan, it adds.

The overall bill is expected to be around £250,000 pounds.

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