The top stories in Monday's newspapers:
THE IRISH TIMES
- Sinn Féin and the DUP have been told they will have to do the "heavy lifting" if the Stormont institutions are to be re-established following a second set of elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly in less than a year, the paper's front page reports.
- The state must fully excavate sites at every Magdalene laundry and mother and baby home where children's remains may have been buried, a survivors' group has said, although the government has not said whether a full excavation will take place at the former grounds of the mother and baby home in Tuam, Co. Galway.
- More than 70 per cent of voters believe Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan should either resign now or step aside while the Charleton tribunal inquires into an alleged smear campaign against whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe, according to the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll.
- Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claim that he had been wiretapped by Barack Obama before the election was yesterday rejected by the former director of national intelligence in a further twist to an extraordinary furore unleashed by the US president.
- Plans to create the UK's largest asset manager with the scale to compete on the global stage are set to be unveiled as early as today in an £11 billion all-share takeover of Aberdeen Asset Management by Standard Life.
- Francois Fillon addressed tens of thousands of supporters close to the Eiffel Tower in Paris yesterday in a last-ditch attempt to revive his ailing campaign, the paper says. The conservative candidate in next month's French presidential elections is under investigation over claims he used public funds to hire family members for fictitious jobs.
- Northern Ireland's political parties will attempt to save devolution today after an election that dealt an unprecedented blow to the fortunes of unionists and elevated Sinn Féin to within touching distance of becoming the province's largest political party.
- Carbon emissions in the UK have fallen to levels barely seen since Queen Victoria was on the the throne after a collapse in the use of coal, new figures show. Consumption of coal sank by a record 52 per cent in 2016 from the previous year as the use of the fuel was hit by cheaper gas, higher domestic carbon prices, the spread of renewables and other environmental policies.
- Thousands of people with health insurance are paying twice when they use public hospitals, even if they end up on a trolley, the paper says on its front page. It says patients with health insurance are now being targeted by public hospitals when they are admitted.
- Gardaí are liaising with the coroner investigating the Tuam Mother and Baby Home deaths as a full criminal investigation looks increasingly likely after a large number of human remains were discovered in a septic tank at the site, which was run by the Bon Secours nuns.
- The stay on Bus Éireann's industrial dispute may have averted all-out strike action today but the row looks set to rumble on as unions reveal their long-term game plan. Both sides agreed to begin talks at the Workplace Relations Commission today with several points of contention up for discussion.
- In its business section, the paper reports that state-owned AIB has increased its share of the mortgage market at the expense of rivals Bank of Ireland, KBC and Permanent TSB as the lender gains from having some of the lowest variable rates and by having the Haven broker channel.
- Housing Minister Simon Coveney has shot down Fianna Fáil's suggestion of a penalty-points style water fines system but said he may allow talks on a solution to be extended by several weeks.
- The paper also reports on the Tuam mother and baby home as it says that identifying the remains of the young children found at the home would be technically very difficult and the prospect of establishing causes of death highly unlikely, according to forensic and Garda sources.
- A Mediterranean diet can reduce the risk of a deadly form of breast cancer by 40 per cent, a large study has found. Scientists monitored more than 62,000 women over a period of 20 years to see how their breast cancer risk was affected by what they ate.
- Private bus and coach operators, who provide two-thirds of our scheduled bus services, are calling for all public transport routes to be put out for tender. The Coach Tourism and Transport Council of Ireland said its members want to play a central role in commercial and non-commercial transport, including subsidised public service obligation routes in urban and rural settings.