The top stories in Tuesday's newspapers:
THE IRISH TIMES
- There is a growing prospect that the dispute which will bring Bus Éireann to a halt from next Monday could escalate and affect Dublin Bus as well as train services across the country. Siptu and the NBRU said their members in Bus Éireann would stop work from March 6, the paper reports on its front page.
- Inquiries into alleged sexual and physical abuse suffered by an intellectually-disabled woman at a southeast foster home have recommended the case of four others who were cared for in the same home be examined. These include the case of a man who alleges he was locked in a cupboard by the family.
- Limerick racehorse owner and gambler JP McManus has lost a US legal action to recover $5.2 million in tax withheld from his winnings on a three-day backgammon match.
- A full refund for people who paid their water charges is to be recommended by the Dáil committee examining the future of water service funding in the state. The group of 20 TDs is to meet today and tomorrow to agree the contents of its final report, which is to be sent to the Dáil in time for a vote on its findings on March 13.
- The near collapse of the €29 billion merger between the London Stock Exchange Group and Deutsche Boerse was caused by the LSE's decision to aggressively reject concessions demanded by Brussels without warning or consulting its German partner.
- Donald Trump is calling for the biggest increase in US military spending since the height of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, seeking to add $54 billion to the Pentagon's budget to combat what he views as threats from a "dangerous world", the paper says.
- The FT's Big Read is on Turkey, reporting that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has seized on Ataturk's approach to governance despite rejecting many of his social ideas. A referendum could now award him powers beyond the scope of even the republic's founder.
- In its Companies & Markets section, the paper reports that two big corporate takeover offers over the past fortnight have spread alarm through Whitehall as the deal-making terrain shifts in the wake of the Brexit vote with merger and acquisition activity triggered by the fall in sterling and the availability of cheap capital.
- The paper also leads with the Bus Éireann strike threat, warning that commuters face being left stranded as all three CIÉ companies face unofficial strike action sparked by the bitter bus company row. Bus Éireann will start to impose payrolls cuts on staff from Monday, sparking an indefinite all-out strike.
- Health service staff failed in their duty of care towards an intellectually-disabled girl who was left in a foster home for 20 years despite evidence she and other children were being abused, a report has found.
- Growing numbers of children are now beating cancer but the incidence of the disease is also rising. The National Cancer Registry said eight in 10 children now survive the disease and cancer death rates have fallen "significantly and substantially" since the mid to late 1960s.
- In its business section, the paper reports that SuperValu notched up sales of €2.67 billion last year, a 2.4 per cent increase over the 2015 figure. The retailer is now the country's second-largest grocer after Dunnes Stores.
- The two reports into abuse at a foster home in the southeast dominate the paper's front page as it says that the full horror and torment suffered by 'Grace', the person at the heart of the foster care sex abuse scandal, over a 20-year period has been revealed.
- The paper also reports that Bus Éireann is set to lose €500,000 for every day that workers go out on strike, bringing it even closer to insolvency. While commuters face chaos, employers will also be affected as many workers will have no way of getting to work without a bus, the paper says.
- The government will today formally agree to recognise Travellers as an ethnic minority after years of campaigning for the community to be given special status.
- One in every 10 tourists travelling to Europe is now visiting Ireland as the record number of visitors coming here shows no signs of slowing. According to the latest CSO figures, the total number of visitors to Ireland increased by 7.2 per cent to just over 1.8 million between November last year and January.