The top stories in Monday's newspapers:
THE IRISH TIMES
- The paper leads with a report that US president-elect Donald Trump has dismissed the intelligence agencies he will soon lead, saying it was "ridiculous" for them to suggest Russia intervened in the election to help him win the White House.
- It also carries a front-page story on a new report from the EU committee of the House of Lords which has recommended that the British and Irish governments should negotiate a new bilateral agreement to minimise the impact of Brexit on British-Irish and North-South relations.
- Apple chief executive Tim Cook has been invited to respond to the European Commission tax ruling which has cost his company €13 billion by the Oireachtas all-party Finance Committee.
- Almost 40 per cent of the population plan to see Pope Francis when he visits Ireland in 2018, according to the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll.
- The FT also leads with Donald Trump's attack on the credibility of the CIA after he rejected as "ridiculous" a report from the intelligence agency that said Russia had intervened in the presidential election to help the billionaire businessman win.
- It also reports that Tesco left its customers exposed to cyber crime by issuing sequential debit card numbers, a practice most banks avoid because it lets hackers remain undetected while working quickly through thousands of accounts.
- Exxon chief executive Rex Tillerson, an outspoken oilman with ties to Russia, has emerged as the frontrunner to be secretary of state in Donald Trump's administration, the paper says.
- The FT Big Read focuses on China, reporting that fresh capital controls have cast doubt over the push to increase the global use of its currency. It asks what this means for Chinese policymakers who saw it as a "Trojan horse" to force through economic reform.
- The newspaper takes as its leads a report that the country's sporting bodies have been warned that they will lose thousands of euro in state funding unless 30 per cent of their board positions are filled by women.
- It also reports that a former IRA boss linked to the murder of prison officer Brian Stack is being closely monitored by gardaí after returning to the country.
- Charity group Oxfam has branded the Republic as the sixth-worst country for helping corporations to cheat their way out of billions of euro in tax bills each years, saying it is part of a "toxic global tax system that serves the wealthiest".
- It also reports that family finances have yet to recover after years of austerity with nearly half of the workforce still worried about losing their jobs more than eight years after the financial crisis erupted.
- Irish Water will have cost the state over €2 billion by the end of the year, with the cost totalling in €844 million in 2016 alone, when factors such as the company's operating subvention and capital contributions are taken into account, the paper says.
- It also reports on a €150 million flood protection plan for Cork, to be unveiled by government today, which will provide long overdue protection for more than 3,000 homes and businesses in the city.
- In a full-page analysis, the paper reports on how Facebook and Twitter not only allowed fake news to proliferate during the US presidential election and the Brexit referendum but also withheld data on voter intentions.
- On its back page, the paper reports that surging emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, threaten to undermine efforts to slow climate change, a team of international experts has warned.