Newsround: what Monday's papers say

ASTI strike threat if schools let teachers go and Tories want Thatcher HQ back from the EU

27th February, 2017
Wednesday's papers

The top stories in Monday's newspapers:

THE IRISH TIMES

- Teachers in dozens of schools look set to become the first public sector workers to be made redundant since the start of the economic crash due to their escalating dispute with the government. The ASTI has pledged to immediately ballot its membership on industrial action if any of its members are made redundant, the paper reports on its front page.

- The Fine Gael leadership contest should be about the future of the country and the party and not the personal lives of candidates, Minister for Housing Simon Coveney has said. He was reacting to recent media coverage of Leo Varadkar, his main rival to succeed Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

- The tribunal of inquiry into alleged Garda malpractice around whistleblower Maurice McCabe will sit today for the first time. Tribunal chairman Peter Charleton has surprised many by the speed at which the first sitting has been organised, it says.

- Tesco Ireland saw sales across its store network fall significantly after picket lines were placed outside a small number of its shops. The Mandate trade union which represents staff employed by the retail giant called off its strike action on Friday night as Tesco agreed to put contract changes on hold to allow a new round of Labour Court talks.

FINANCIAL TIMES

- What the Tories really want back from their divorce deal with the European Union is 32 Smith Square, the paper reports, noting that the neo-Georgian building in Westminster has been the London base for the EU under the name "Europe House" in recent years but was once home to the campaigning and celebrations for three Conservative election victories under Margaret Thatcher.

- Average wages in China's manufacturing sector have soared above those in countries such as Brazil and Mexico and are fast catching up with Greece and Portugal after a decade of breakneck growth during which Chinese pay packets have tripled.

- Top American banks riding high on Donald Trump's presidency employ almost 120,000 people in low-cost Asian economies, creating potential tensions with the new administration that has pledged to bring jobs back to the US.

- In its Companies & Markets section, the paper reports that investors will be seeking policy details that can justify soaring stock markets when President Donald Trump addressed Congress this week. Shares and the value of risky debt have risen as investors anticipate that stimulus measures advocated by Trump will be passed by Congress and spur a stronger US economy.

IRISH INDEPENDENT

- Gardaí are probing the death of an elderly farmer who was recently targeted by burglars. Detectives in Dungarvan, Co Waterford, are investigating all the circumstances surrounding the discovery of the body of Paddy Lyons in his house near Lismore.

- Deadly superbugs have been found on mobile phones, laptops, ATMs, floors, elevator buttons and toilet door handles, according to recent research at a third-level college.

- Theresa May is expected to announce the end of free movement for new EU migrants on the same day that she formally starts Brexit negotiations next month. The UK prime minister is expected to say that EU citizens who travel to Britain after she triggers Article 50 will no longer have the automatic right to stay in the UK permanently.

- All-out strike action at Bus Éireann could begin next Monday with management meeting today to discuss pushing ahead with €12 million in cost-cutting proposals. It comes after talks at the Workplace Relations Commission between the company and unions broke down last week.

IRISH EXAMINER

- Finance Minister Michael Noonan's handling of the Grace case in the 1990s while he was health minister is to be investigated by the long-awaited commission of investigation into the foster abuse scandal, the paper reports.

- Eye patients attending Cork University Hospital risk losing vision "permanently and irreversibly" because of appointment delays, according to all five of the hospital's opthalmic surgeons.

- The government is pressing ahead with the construction of an €80 million Garda headquarters, part of an ambitious, nationwide plan to build and refurbish Garda stations.

- US president Donald Trump announced that he would not attend the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner, a high-profile event that draws celebrities, politicians and journalists. The reporters' group said it would go ahead with the April 29 dinner despite Trump's absence.

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