The top stories in Tuesday's newspapers:
THE IRISH TIMES
- The Olympic Council of Ireland is locked into a contract with ticket distributors THG until 2026 after an agreement was reached between the company and former OCI president Pat Hickey, the paper says. The news came as a report into the 2016 Rio Olympics ticket touting controversy by Mr Justice Carroll Moran was published yesterday.
- It also reports that Donald Trump issued a direct condemnation of racism yesterday after criticism of the US president's response to the weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, which left one woman dead. His remarks came after a storm of criticism over his decision not to directly condemn the white supremacy groups that targeted Charlottesville.
- Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan has informed the government that she will not be standing aside to take up a major role with the EU's law enforcement agency, Europol. O'Sullivan is believed to have been in the running for a senior position in the area of specialist operations but was unsuccessful because of her lack of experience at a senior management level.
- In its business section, the paper reports that German energy company Innogy has entered the Irish market having acquired a wind farm site in Co Kerry for an undisclosed sum. The 10.2 megawatt Dromadda Beg wind farm will have three turbines, which received planning approval in May 2014.
- The paper reports that the future of the UK's largest adult training and apprenticeship provider, Learndirect, is in doubt after a damning report by Ofsted and questions about cash extracted from the private-equity owned company since its privatisation.
- It also says that Britain will seek to continue its current customs arrangements with the EU for several years after Brexit, in a victory for supporters of a smooth transition. A government paper to be published today makes clear that the UK wants to remain in a customs union with the EU for at least the estimated three years of transition after Britain's 2019 exit.
- In its Companies & Markets section, the paper reports that China's Communist party is writing itself into the articles of association of many of the country's biggest companies in a blow to investor hopes that Beijing would relax its grip on the market. More than 30 Hong Kong-listed state-owned enterprises have this year added lines to their central documents that place the party, rather than the state, at the heart of each group.
- Aldi is building a partnership with Instacart, the Silicon Valley unicorn, to deliver groceries to American doorsteps as the German discounter seeks to break into the US food market, the paper says. Through the deal, customers can buy Aldi groceries, including fresh fruit and vegetables, online for delivery in as little as an hour.
- The paper reports that an informant who has alleged that a member of a dysfunctional crime family shot and buried missing Trevor Deely came forward due to a guilty conscience, gardaí believe. The criminal told detectives he had no interest in the €100,000 reward for information on Trevor's disappearance but could not hold the secret any longer.
- An independent senator will challenge Michael D Higgins for the presidency if the incumbent goes back on his word to serve one term only. The paper reports that Senator Gerard Craughwell, a former president of the Teachers' Union of Ireland, will seek a nomination for the presidency in order to force a vote.
- Plans to encourage elderly nursing home residents to rent or sell their vacant homes could lead to them suffering undue distress and anxiety, it has been claimed. Under a proposed new Fair Deal scheme, elderly people will be "encouraged" to become landlords and rent out their vacant properties in a bid to ease the property crisis.
- Record butter prices are putting pressure on Ireland's restaurants, an industry expert has warned, as the cost of butter has soared following a global increase in the demand for dairy fats. The demand, which is partially attributed to the heatwave in Europe driving up ice cream sales and a decline in milk production, has resulted in butter prices hitting an all-time high.
- The paper also leads with the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI), reporting that former president Pat Hickey is at the centre of a fresh scandal after it emerged he signed secret ticket deals with "banned" agent THG last year. The deals were signed without the knowledge of the OCI board, Hickey's successor claimed.
- The first Leaving Certificate results using a new grading system will issue to around 58,500 students tomorrow, the paper says. The replacement of A, B and C grades with a reduced number of new grades is part of a plan to lessen rote learning and make the race for college entry points less of a focus of the exam preparations.
- Plans to penalise owners of vacant homes will not go far enough to solve the housing crisis, opposition parties have warned, after Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy announced plans to establish an empty homes unit within his department to target those who own a second home or a vacant property.
- Ryanair is calling on UK airports to enforce a two-drink limit after it was revealed the number of passengers arrested for drunken behaviour rose 50 per cent in the last year. The airline has already banned customers from drinking duty-free alcohol on flights and stopped people flying from Glasgow Prestwick and Manchester to Alicante and Ibiza from bringing it on board the aircraft at all.