Newsround: what Tuesday's papers say

McCabe tribunal expected to be set up and Kenny's grip on power loosens

14th February, 2017
Wednesday's papers

The top stories in Tuesday's newspapers:


- A full tribunal of inquiry into the alleged smear campaign against Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe is now likely after a day of division and contradiction in government. Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin will meet this morning in an attempt to agree a way forward, the paper says in its front page lead.

- Close allies of Taoiseach Enda Kenny believe his time as leader of Fine Gael is coming to an end and expect the issue to be brought to a head next month after his leadership was again brought into focus as a result of the whistleblower controversy.

- An indefinite strike is due to begin at eight Tesco outlets today over what trade union Mandate claims are moves by management to worsen the terms of employment for longer-serving personnel without agreement.

- A Dublin hotel received payments of between €4 million and €5 million last year for accommodating homeless people. The hotel received the highest sum out of the €38.9 million paid to hoteliers by Dublin City Council to accommodate the homeless last year.


- Lawyers for the EU and other trading partners have begun laying the groundwork for a legal challenge to a US border tax proposal that could trigger the biggest case in World Trade Organisation history.

- Donald Trump welcomed Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, outside the West Wing of the White House where they held talks yesterday for the first time since the US president took office last month.

- The Co-Operative Bank has made a last-ditch attempt to salvage its future by putting itself up for sale after warning that its capital reserves will fall below a target agreed with regulators.

- The FT Big Read takes the US as its subject under the headline "Taking sides in the US tax war". It reports that Republican control of the White House and Congress gives supporters of radical tax reform the best chance of success in a generation. But will Donald Trump back plans that threaten to divide corporate America?


- The paper reports on a day made up of a series of seismic political shocks that have loosened Enda Kenny's grip on power with a revolt in Fine Gael imminent while Fianna Fáil is edging toward an election.

- State-owned lands will be offered to developers to build new homes in an effort to boost output and tackle rising prices, the paper also reports. It says the private sector will be invited to submit proposals to develop hundreds of sites controlled by local authorities, the Office of Public Works and other state agencies.

- The Office of the US Trade Representative will hove a hearing in Washington tomorrow to discuss applying a tariff as high as 100 per cent on a host of EU products, including Irish beef.

- Bargain-hunting householders are increasingly going online to buy from British websites to gain from the drop in the value of sterling with shoppers most likely to buy shoes and clothes from UK retailers.


- There is growing pressure for a public inquiry into an alleged orchestrated smear campaign and attacks by agencies of the state against Maurice McCabe. The paper also reports that Children's Minister Katherine Zappone has given a conflicting account of when Taoiseach Enda Kenny first became aware that Tusla was involved in the McCabe case.

- Cork has yet to feel the effects of economic recovery, according to a publican involved in the company which was forced to close a landmark pub in the city with the loss of 40 jobs. He called on the government and local authorities to do more to help struggling businesses.

- Rents are now rising at the fastest rate on record as social campaigners warn that spiralling costs are forcing people into homelessness. According to, rents rose by 13.5 per cent in the year to December, the largest annual increase ever recorded by Daft.

- In its business section, the paper reports that the government has little room for significant tax cuts despite the European Commission projecting the economy here will grow at a healthy rate through 2018.

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