The top stories in Tuesday's newspapers:
THE IRISH TIMES
- The paper reports that gardaí are investigating the death of a three-year old boy from stab wounds at an apartment in Dublin yesterday evening. Emergency services were called to an apartment block in Kimmage at about 7 p.m. but the boy, who had suffered serious knife wounds, was pronounced dead at the scene.
- It also says that serious concerns about the way many third-level colleges spend taxpayers' money will be set out in a report to be published by the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee today. The report is highly critical of several universities that have resisted declaring tens of millions of euro from private trusts and foundations in their accounts.
- Controversy over US president Donald Trump's links with Russia deepened yesterday following confirmation that his son and senior officials met a Russian lawyer with links to the Kremlin in June. This marks the first time a senior campaign official has admitted meeting a Russian individual on the pretext of securing information about Hillary Clinton.
- Pressure to phase out the special nine per cent VAT rate for the hospitality industry is building within the Department of Finance, a change that would be fiercely resisted by hotels and restaurants, the paper says. The lower VAT rate has "done its job" and increasing it would raise €500 million, the department has told new finance minister Paschal Donohoe.
- The FT reports that the drugs industry is going to court in an attempt to stop Britain's National Health Service imposing new limits on the price it will pay for medicine. The action follows a government crackdown in April that means that medicines will no longer be automatically funded if they are set to cost more than £20 million a year in any of their first three years of use.
- European judges could continue to have sway over Britain for a "limited time" after Brexit, the UK government has conceded, in a development that could pave the way for a softer exit from the EU. "The transition rules could involve the ECJ for a limited time. That's a matter for negotiation," UK prime minister Theresa May's office said yesterday.
- France is considering introducing tax breaks for the wealthy as soon as next year to attract more entrepreneurs and investors, Edouard Philippe, the prime minister, told the paper. The move would mark a sharp break from the government of Francois Hollande who imposed a 75 per cent income tax on high earners at the start of his term.
- The FT Big Read focuses on US healthcare, reporting that as the Republican plan to replace Obamacare enters a crucial week, the health system faces disruption. If the bill passes, millions could lose coverage. If it fails, uncertainty will undermine the existing set-up.
- The paper also leads with the death of a three-year old boy who was found stabbed in an apartment in south Dublin. It reports that the mother of the child was in a serious condition last night while a murder investigation has been launched.
- It also reports that the Vatican has ruled that Holy Communion bread must not be gluten-free. In a letter to bishops worldwide, Cardinal Robert Sarah has ruled the unleavened bread can be made with genetically modified organisms but cannot be entirely gluten-free.
- Experts from the International Monetary Fund are back in Ireland to draw up an unprecedented report on the country's infrastructure needs, the paper says. The IMF, which effectively took over the country's finances as part of the troika during the economic crash, wants an input into the government's plan to ramp up capital spending from 2018.
- A fresh Cabinet stand-off is on the cards over controversial new drink-driving laws, the paper says. Transport Minister Shane Ross last night confirmed that he will push for a free vote on the measures which have been labelled "anti-rural" by some TDs.
- The paper reports that the newly-refurbished Páirc Uí Chaiomh will re-open for senior inter-county hurling on July 22 with the All-Ireland hurling quarter-final clash between Clare and Tipperary pencilled in as the curtain-raiser at the new-look ground. It also says the 45,000-capacity stadium will give a €25 million boost to Cork.
- It says Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty has been told by her department that it will be "difficult" to meet expectations of further benefit increases because of financial constraints and the impact of rising pension costs.
- Measures to address a major gender imbalance among surgeons are being taken by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, the paper says. Women make up more than half of medical graduates but just over a third become surgical trainees while only seven per cent of consultant surgeons are women.
- In its business section, the paper reports that Emirates Airline is letting go dozens of employees as the Persian Gulf carrier continues a push to streamline after years of rapid growth. The world's biggest long-haul airline is scaling back senior cabin crew as well as the support department workforce including administration and IT.