Newsround: what Tuesday's papers say

Varadkar faces down senior judges and May accused of 'grubby' £1 billion deal to win DUP backing

27th June, 2017
Wednesday's papers

The top stories in Tuesday's newspapers:


- The paper reports that British opposition parties have criticised Theresa May's deal with the DUP which will secure a parliamentary majority for her government in return for £1 billion in extra spending for the North. Leaders in Scotland and Wales condemned the agreement and demanded equivalent increases in funding for their countries.

- Senior judges have sent an unprecedented letter to the Taoiseach outlining their concerns over the government's proposals to change the way judicial appointments are made. The weakening of the Chief Justice's role in appointments is one of their main concerns along with the fact that a new commission for recommending judges will have a lay majority.

- Primary school teachers and unions have said Education Minister Richard Bruton's plans to introduce coding to all primary schools by September 2019 are not realistic, the paper says. They said schools do not have the broadband or IT resources to start teaching coding in two years' time.

- In its business section, the paper reports that UK fintech startup Starling Bank is to target the Irish market with its new low-cost digital current account in a move which will bring further competition to the consumer banking space. It has received approval from the Bank of England to operate in Ireland under the European Union's passporting arrangements.


- The FT also leads with Theresa May's deal with the DUP, reporting that she was accused of writing a blank cheque for the North in a "grubby" deal to stay in power after she promised an initial £1 billion payment to win the back of the DUP's 10 Westminster MPs.

- Martin Shkreli, the former Turing Pharmaceuticals chief executive vilified for raising the price of a life-saving drug acquired by the company by 5,000 per cent, arrived for the first day of jury selection in his federal securities fraud trial in New York yesterday. He is accused of running a Ponzi-like scheme at his former hedge fund and at another drug company he once ran.

- In its Companies & Markets section, the paper reports that Takata, the Japanese automotive supplier at the centre of a global recall of exploding airbags, has filed for bankruptcy protection in Japan and the US, paving the way for a $1.6 billion takeover by a Chinese-owned group.

- It also reports that Nestlé shares were given a boost after the Swiss consumer group became the latest target of Daniel Loeb, the US activist investor. His hedge fund said the 'staid' group had underperformed despite a strong portfolio which includes Nespresso coffee and KitKat chocolate.


- The paper also leads with the row over judicial appointments, reporting that the Taoiseachis expected to face down last-ditch efforts by the country's most senior judges to halt the controversial reform. The heads of the five courts have written to Leo Varadkar objecting to proposals contained in the bill which they said would have "serious implications for the administration" of justice.

- It also runs an exclusive interview with former Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey who has insisted he is totally innocent of all charges and that he is now treated as if he is "a world-class criminal mastermind".

- Private nursing homes are expected to be forced to publicly display the extra out-of-pocket fees, amounting to €70 a week in some cases, which are being levied on elderly residents, the paper says. The demand for more transparency has been called for by the National Treatment Purchase Fund in an internal document to the Department of Health, it notes.

- High childcare fees and the cost of sending children to college mean there has been no recovery for one million adults, according to a new report from Aviva. The paper says that the pressure on the squeezed middle comes despite the economy growing so strongly there are fears of it overheating again.


- The paper reports that more than half of all sexual assault and rape victims attending the Sexual Violence Centre Cork last year did not report the incident to gardaí. Figures from the support organisation also show that 35 per cent of clients last year were students while 15 per cent were aged between 14 and 18 years old.

- The cladding blamed for the Grenfell Tower blaze in London has been found in Cork County Hall, the paper reports. The cladding was installed in one section during a €62 million refurbishment of the council's 17-storey headquarters which was completed in 2006. Officials have commissioned a safety review of the building and confirmed it will act on its findings.

- The paper also reports on an elderly couple, inseparable during 63 years of marriage, who have pleaded to be reunited after being split up by red tape governing the Fair Deal nursing home scheme. Michael Devereaux, from Co Wexford, who will be 91 next month, secured a nursing home bed but his 85-year old wife Kathleen did not.

- In its business section, the paper reports on the latest quarterly economic commentary from the Nevin Economic Research Institute which says the economy could grow by as much as 4.4 per cent this year but it sees no evidence that it is in danger of overheating.

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