The top stories in Tuesday's newspapers:
THE IRISH TIMES
- The US accused North Korea of "begging for war" at an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council yesterday, a day after the regime claimed to have tested a hydrogen bomb, the paper says.
- It also reports that Exchequer returns for the first eight months of the year suggest the scope for spending increases and tax cuts in October's budget remains extremely limited. The latest figures show the government collected just under €30.5 billion in taxes for the period, €209 million less than expected.
- Emergency departments could have to close in up to seven hospitals over the coming days as a result of wildcat stoppages by doctors in response to Health Service Executive moves to reduce their pay.
- In its business section, the paper reports that Irish wine sales are booming again with a record-equalling nine million cases sold last year, according to a report from the Irish Wine Association.
- The paper leads with the news that Bell Pottinger, the London public relations firm created by Margaret Thatcher's favourite ad-man and boasting a string of powerful international clients, has been expelled from its industry body for at least five years after being accused of inflaming racial tensions in South Africa.
- It also reports that the British government warned Northern Ireland's political parties yesterday that time was running out to restore the region's devolved government as Sinn Féin suggested a deal on a power-sharing executive could be struck within days.
- The FT's Big Read focuses on Japan's lead in stem-cell research, which it says the Abe administration wants to exploit to build a powerful domestic industry. But some of those involved are being tripped up by regulation, sparking fears that Japan could yet lose out to a rival.
- In its Companies & Markets section, the paper reports that a car-booking app backed by China's Didi Chuxing is opening in London with the aim of taking thousands of drivers and passengers away from Uber. Taxify already operates in 19 countries and 3,000 potential UK drivers signed up ahead of its launch today.
- Commuters are being forced to leave their homes half an hour early to reach their destinations on time as traffic levels have soared back to boom-time levels, the paper says. New figures show Dublin has experienced a massive increase in traffic congestion of 19 per cent since 2014.
- The company at the centre of the schools fire safety probe has been paid more than €40 million by the Department of Education since 2013 and is the owner of two non-compliant school buildings that it is leasing to the state.
- Householders have been warned to prepare for higher prices of electricity, gas and home-heating oil this winter as a move to hike prices will reverse almost two years of energy cost reductions, the paper says.
- In its business section, the paper reports on a warning from the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council that there is a "realistic possibility" that the economy will start to overheat in the coming years if the strong growth rates continues.
- Firefighters have called for an urgent review of all public and residential buildings built over the past decade in direct response to serious fire safety in Celtic Tiger-era schools. Siptu has demanded the widescale review to prevent a Grenfell Tower-style tragedy here.
- Cork County Council is seeking legal advice to prevent the Mackinnon report's recommendation to massively extend the city's boundary, the paper says.
- Shares and the dollar fell while the Japanese yen, gold and sovereign bonds rose after North Korea's most powerful nuclear test to date dampened investor appetite for risk, the paper also says.
- Almost 8,000 patients were admitted to hospital on trolleys in August, an increase of 27 per cent on the same period last year, figures released by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation show.