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Following the High Court refusal this morning to grant the extradition of Ian Bailey to face trial in France for the 1996 murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier (top)….

Anne-Louise Foley writes:

In The Du Plantier Case, a new RTÉ One documentary which airs tonight, the son of Sophie Toscan du Plantier talks about the impact of her death on him and his family. Pierre-Louis was 14 when the French film producer was found brutally murdered in West Cork.

The programme also hears unprecedented testimony from Sophie’s mother Marguerite Bouniol and her brother Bertrand.

The High Court refused to order Ian Bailey’s extradition to France. However, it is still possible that he will be tried ‘in absentia’ in Paris.

Reporter Philip Boucher Hayes also interviews Mr Bailey along with his partner Jules Thomas.

The Du Plantier Case airs tonight on RTÉ One at 9.35pm

Earlier: Meanwhile, In The High Court

Pic: RTÉ

Darragh McDonagh, in The Times of Ireland, reports:

An Garda Síochána is set to spend up to €255,000 on a survey to find out what the public think of the organisation.

The policing authority is seeking a company to provide public survey services over 12 months. The contract is worth up to €255,000 excluding VAT, according to official tender documents.

The documents state that the survey plays an important role in the organisation: “The objective for An Garda Síochána is a top quality survey of public attitudes relating to awareness and effectiveness of garda publicity campaigns, and perceptions of crime at local and national level.”

The public will be asked their “views of the garda organisation and how it can be improved”…

Gardaí to pay €255,000 for public surveys (The Times of Ireland)

Gavan Reilly tweetz:

RTE has published this breakdown of its salaries; says it will bring forward release of highest 10 for 2015, and will review pay by gender




Ian Bailey

RTÉ reports:

The High Court has refused a second attempt by French authorities to have Ian Bailey extradited to face trial over the death of Sophie Toscan du Plantier.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt said the second application for his extradition was an abuse of process and the matter had already been decided by the Supreme Court in 2012.

The judge said the fact that the domestic legal system had comprehensively determined the issue was ignored in processing the latest application.

High Court refuses to extradite Ian Bailey to France (RTE)



Saturday’s Times ireland Edition

Joe Cluxton writes:

4 French planes did a flyover at the U2 concert with green white and orange contrails . Everyone keeps saying it was Irish Air Force. It wasn’t….

French acrobatic flyover during Saturday’s U2 concert

Irish Air Corp flyover during Bray Air Display yesterday



Patrouille Tranchant

Laura Slattery, in The Irish Times, reports:

Ireland’s biggest private landlord is asking tenants for two months’ rent as a deposit.

The move by Irish Residential Properties Reit (Ires Reit), which owns 2,400 apartments in greater Dublin, adds to the rapidly growing financial pressure on people looking to rent in the private sector.

Ires Reit charged an average of around €1,500 a month in rent on its property portfolio, according to figures published last year.

For tenants, that means finding over €3,000 to pay up-front as a deposit along with about €1,500 in rent for the first month before moving into their home.

…“Most traditional landlords still look for one month’s rent as a deposit, but institutional landlords have introduced two months’ rent or more as a new standard and that is spreading,” said IPOA chairman Stephen Faughnan.

“It is creeping up gradually,” he said. “It went from a month to six weeks to two months, and now, in some cases, three months. Certainly, it is something we have seen in the last few years and particularly in the last 12 months.”

Tenants paying two months’ deposit to Ireland’s largest private landlord (Irish Times)

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