The top stories in Monday's newspapers:
THE IRISH TIMES
- The paper reports that Sinn Féin and the DUP remained deadlocked on key issues last night as Northern Secretary James Brokenshire decides whether to allow the Northern political parties extra time this week to reach agreement to restore the Northern Executive and Assembly.
- Developer Johnny Ronan's plans for Dublin's tallest building, a 22-storey tower beside Tara Street station, have been rejected by Dublin City Council because of the potential detrimental effect on most of the historic core of the city. The plans were opposed by heritage groups including the Irish Georgian Society and An Taisce.
- The paper also says that the Health Service Executive has said that the St. John of God order should pay millions of euro, the equivalent sum it gave in secret payments to senior executives over a 30-year period, to fund health services in the community.
- In its business section, the paper reports that house prices are now rising by an average of €4,000 a month, according to property website MyHome.ie. In its latest quarterly report, it also warns of a possible rush in transactions ahead of the likely abolition of the government's help-to-buy scheme in the budget.
- The paper reports that a City of London delegation will this week head to Brussels with a secret blueprint for a post-Brexit free trade deal on financial services as concern mounts about the damage facing employers if they are forced to move operations to the continent.
- It also says that the EU's competition watchdog is considering tough new powers to intervene earlier in antitrust problems in an effort to avoid the delays it faced in the Google investigation. Margrethe Vestager, the EU's Competition Commissioner, is looking at broader powers to impose interim measures that would order companies to stop suspected anti-competitive behaviour before a formal finding of wrongdoing had been reached.
- As world leaders spent the weekend making final preparations for the G20 meeting in Germany this week, US president Donald Trump tweeted a doctored video of himself wrestling to the ground a man with a CNN logo for a head, the paper says, describing it as the latest outburst in the president's escalating feud with the US news network and the wider mainstream media.
- In its Companies & Markets section, the paper says investment in the UK car industry has fallen to just £332 million in the first half of 2017 in a sign that companies are delaying or cancelling spending ahead of the UK leaving the EU. Last year, £1.66 billion was invested in the motor sector, a drop of more than 30 per cent from £2.5 billion in 2015.
- Ruthless fraudsters are selling fake motor insurance policies to unsuspecting motorists, the paper says, reporting that they are charging up to €300 to people and then leaving drivers with no cover as they operate online and in pop-up shops.
- It also says that the Bishop of Kerry Ray Browne has warned that a shortage of priests means that weekend Masses in every parish in the diocese will not be viable "in a short few years". He said that six parishes in the diocese out of 53 were now without a resident priest.
- Irish Rail is close to insolvency and safety will be compromised unless funding is secured to complete urgent upgrades of the network, the paper says. Chief executive David Franks told the paper that €100 million was needed or the semi-state transport company would be forced to run slower trains to ensure passenger safety.
- Marine Minister Michael Creed has said Ireland will use alliances with other EU member states to offset "very bad effects" from Britain opting out of a long-standing fisheries convention. The UK decision to withdraw from the London Fisheries Convention was "unwelcome and unhelpful", Creed said.
- The paper reports that thousands more people could receive medical cards as part of the upcoming budget as the government plans to increase the number who qualify by raising the income thresholds for the scheme.
- It also says that Dublin Airport Authority has said that its prestigious Terminal 2, built less than seven years ago, is safe following a review of the aluminium cladding and polyethylene composite tiles on the building's exterior.
- The paper covers the threat to Irish fishing rights, reporting that Irish fishermen could lose 60 per cent of their most lucrative haul as the UK threatens to ban them from their waters as part of Brexit talks. The London Fisheries Convention, which was signed in 1964, allows trawlers from Ireland, France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands to fish within six and 12 nautical miles of the UK's coastline.
- The government's help-to-buy scheme has contributed to a €24,000 surge in house prices in three months and house prices look set to keep rising amid warnings that the likely abolition of the rebate scheme in the forthcoming budget could trigger a surge in demand against the backdrop of an ongoing shortage in housing supply, the paper says.