Newsround: what Tuesday's papers say

Tensions set to rise within secondary schools and European trade policy in disarray

25th October, 2016
Wednesday's papers

The top stories in Tuesday's papers:

THE IRISH TIMES

-The paper's front page lead story reports that tensions within secondary schools could rise today as management bodies seek to ensure teachers not planning to strike on Thursday sign declarations saying they are available for work.

-The front page also carries a story on the increase in the average age of first-time mothers which it says is a main factor behind soaring Caesarean section rates in Ireland, according to new research.

-On its second page, the paper carries a story saying Minister for Finance Michael Noonan's claim that he kept the Central Bank informed of his budget plan for first-time house buyers - and that the bank approved it - has been called into question.

-The Business section reports that Cork property developer Michael O'Flynn and global fund manager Blackrock Real Estate have joined forces to acquire a prime site in Dublin's docklands with planning permission to accommodate 935 student beds for over €20 million from Nama and CIÉ.

FINANCIAL TIMES

-The paper reports on moves by Brussels and Berlin to thwart high-profile Chinese takeovers, the latest sign of stiffening resistance in the west to investment from Beijing that has contributed to the scuppering of nearly $40 billion in planned Chinese acquisitions since mid-2015.

-European trade policy has been thrown into disarray after Belgium's government said it could not overcome objections in a regional parliament to an EU-Canada trade deal, despite weeks of talks to rescue the agreement.

-The paper also reports on the move by French authorities yesterday to start demolishing the makeshift camp near Calais known as The Jungle, part of an operation that aims to relocate as many as 9,000 migrants to smaller centres across France.

-The FT Big Read focuses on Iran, under the headline 'Succession Planning'. It says the fight to replace the supreme leader, the most powerful person in the Islamic republic, is turning into the latest battleground for reformists and hardliners competing to influence the country's direction.

IRISH INDEPENDENT

-The paper's front page carries a report on the death of a pregnant woman who died after suffering a punctured blood vessel at the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin. It says no vascular clamps, which control blood loss, were available in the operating theatre.

-Junior ministers are angry at having to pay up to €200 a night for hotels in Dublin, the newspaper reports, while backbench TDs get an overnight allowance.

-Reporting on industrial strife on its News pages, the paper says that up to 250,000 teenagers will be locked out of school on Thursday as secondary teachers press ahead with plans for a one-day strike. It also says that civilians working in An Garda Síochána have been told not to do extra duties during the upcoming industrial action.

-The paper also reports that the Central Bank was not aware of the detail of the first-time buyers' grant scheme despite assurances from Finance Minister Michael Noonan that it had "full knowledge".

IRISH EXAMINER

-The Examiner also focuses on the maternity services, reporting in its front-page lead that four new hospitals are required to address the growing level of risk associated with giving birth in Ireland, according to the HSE's clinical lead in obstetrics and gynaecology.

-It also reports on France's efforts to begin clearing the sprawling "Jungle" refugee camp in Calais yesterday as hundreds gave up on their dreams of reaching Britain, just a short sea crossing away.

-The paper says that Gardaí, along with Europol and the FBI, have yet to discover who was behind the cyber attack on a number of government websites earlier this year.

-The Skellig Ring - consisting of Skellig Michael off the Kerry coast, its sister island the Little Skellig and the coastal villages on the mainland - has been named among the top regions in the world for travellers in the influential Lonely Planet 2017 yearbook.

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