The top stories in Monday's newspapers:
THE IRISH TIMES
- The paper reports that state agencies and businesses are on alert today amid fears that a computer virus that has wrought havoc across the world could spread to Ireland as people return to work. Health services staff are being told not to log on to their computers before they are updated with security patches and anti-virus capability.
- Firms that provide written-to-order essays and dissertations for third-level students face prosecution under new laws in response to rising concern over the influence of "essay mill" websites which allow students to bypass plagiarism-detection systems.
- A proposal to move a major EU agency from London to Strasbourg as part of a deal to close the European Parliament's base in the French city could threaten Ireland's campaign to have it located in Dublin. With 900 staff, the European Medicines Agency is one of the biggest EU bodies.
- Senior Fine Gael sources fear Taoiseach Enda Kenny may not stand aside as leader this week. Kenny has confirmed that he will address the issue of leadership at a parliamentary party meeting on Wednesday but many in the party are concerned that he could prolong his tenure and face internal unrest.
- Just a year after setting up his own political party, 39-year old Emmanuel Macron yesterday became France's youngest president. During his inauguration, the new French leader formally vowed to rebuild the country's stature in the world, rejecting claims it was in decline.
- The paper also reports that Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives won a surprise victory yesterday in regional elections in Germany's most populous state, giving Europe's most powerful leader a boost in the run-up to national elections in September.
- A speculative frenzy in the market for digital currencies, which has seen bitcoin enjoy a sharp price hike and other 'alt-coins' soar as much as 500 per cent in the past week, has helped the value of crypto currencies rocket past $50 billion.
- The FT's Big Read takes European politics as its subject, reporting that the election of Emmanuel Macron has prompted a resurgence of hope about European unity. But there are growing frictions between east and west and over the Balkan countries that want to join the EU.
- There is mounting political pressure for an inquiry into the extent of "rogue' Garda phone tapping of innocent people and a political activist, the paper says, as senior politicians from both Labour and Fianna Fáil expressed deep concern about the revelations.
- It also reports on fears of a new cyber attack meltdown, saying security chiefs have urged caution as people return to work today after more than 200,000 people in at least 150 countries have fallen victim to the Wanna Decryptor ransomware that has caused chaos since Friday.
- The chronic shortage of student accommodation means new units coming on stream next year will cost as much as €920 a month to rent. New research found the number of full-time students in Dublin has risen by a third over the past 10 years but the number of student bed spaces in the capital has failed to match the rise.
- Leo Varadkar will push to keep the North in the EU single market as a part of his Brexit strategy should he win the contest to succeed Taoiseach Enda Kenny, the paper says. Seeking special arrangements for Northern Ireland to ensure an 'invisible' border is among five key principles in Varadkar's plan for responding to Brexit.
- The state spent more than €11 million on the care of just 11 children last year, new figures from Tusla show. Concern has also been expressed at revelations the state is paying over €100,000 per child in foster care per year, yet just €15,000 of that is paid to the foster families.
- More than 10,000 complaints of anti-social behaviour were made to local authorities in the last two years, many relating to housing, with the number of complaints received by Dublin City Council rising by almost a third to 1,385.
- Britain is gearing up for rows with the EU over the structure of divorce talks and the future role of the European Court, fuelling an increasingly bitter war of words before negotiations begin. Brexit minister David Davis described the EU's position on the talks format as "illogical".
- The construction sector enjoyed another strong month in April with building activity accelerating for the third consecutive month and showing the sharpest monthly increase since October. April's growth was driven by house building work but commercial and civil engineering activity also rose, the paper says.