Newsround: what Monday's papers say

Proposal to get public servants to pay more for pensions and McGuinness repeats call for Foster to stand aside

19th December, 2016
Wednesday's papers

The top stories in Monday's papers:

THE IRISH TIMES

- The paper leads with a report that plans to get staff in the public service to pay more towards their pensions are being examined by the government.

- It also reports on its front page that the government has moved to pre-empt the expected publication of the full EU Commission ruling on the controversial €13 billion Apple tax case, saying the Commission had misinterpreted Irish tax laws.

- The DUP and Sinn Féin were last night engaged in a game of brinkmanship that is threatening the future of the Northern Executive and Assembly and could lead to early elections after Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness repeated his demand that First Minister Arlene Foster stand aside pending the outcome of in inquiry into a "cash-for-ash" scheme.

- The paper reports that small and medium-sized businesses, and second-tier law firms, are among the Irish sectors being targeted by cyber criminals such as the ones who attempted to steal €4.3 million from Meath County Council, an expert in the area has warned.

FINANCIAL TIMES

- EU Brexit negotiators are insisting that Britain agrees to its European divorce settlement before Brussels offers any transitional deal, expecting international banks to get cold feet over losing "passporting" right and start shifting operations from London to the euro zone, the paper reports on its front page.

- A US drugmaker has put a price tag of more than $800 on a pinworm treatment, 200 times more expensive than the equivalent medicine on British pharmacy shelves, in the latest example of "price gouging" in the world's largest healthcare market.

- The chief architect of President Barack Obama's climate change policies, Gina McCarthy, has warned the incoming Trump administration that US law and the scientific evidence of global warming will constrain any attempt to overturn her work.

- The FT Big Read focuses on Brexit, speaking to those who ran both the Leave and Remain campaigns and retracing the key moments in the battle that cut the UK from its European moorings.

IRISH INDEPENDENT

- The paper also leads with public service pay, reporting that the chief executive of employer group Ibec has said that public sector workers are "wildly rich" compared with their counterparts in the private sector in terms of their pensions.

- It also reports that former president of the Olympic Council of Ireland, Pat Hickey, is back in Ireland after four "traumatic" months in Brazil and intends to clear his name.

- Growing risks to the quality of third-level education in Ireland due to a lack of funding are highlighted in a new report from the Higher Education Authority which warns the "system is approaching a point where the available resources will not be able to assure adequate quality of provision".

- Dublin City Council is paying hotels, hostels and other emergency accommodation providers almost €1 million a week to shelter the spiralling numbers of homeless in the capital.

IRISH EXAMINER

- Apartment owners in Longboat Quay have been told that if they don't accept a deal on remedial fire safety works at a special meeting this evening, they will face a bill of up to €1 million, the paper says on its front page.

- The advertising watchdog has said it does not have the power to ban government-produced ads promoting the benefits of Eircode despite finding that the broadcasts were misleading.

- The paper also reports on the Apple tax ruling, saying that the European Commission has been accused of trying to rewrite Irish tax rules and of wrongly interpreting laws in a strongly-worded defence by the government on whether Apple received €13 billion in state aid.

- Progress in the representation of disadvantaged and disabled students at college has exceeded targets, according to new Higher Education Authority figures, which show that 11 per cent of new full-time entrants to third-level colleges are categorised as having a disability.

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