Newsround: what Tuesday's papers say

US clearance system in Ireland to be reviewed and Taoiseach and May pledge to avoid a hard border

31st January, 2017
Wednesday's papers

The top stories in Tuesday's newspapers:

THE IRISH TIMES

- The government is to undertake "a complete review" of US immigration facilities at Dublin and Shannon airports in the wake of President Donald Trump's ban on refugees from Syria and nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries entering the US, the paper reports on its front page.

- It also reports on the meeting between Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister Theresa May, saying they have pledged that they will seek to avoid a hard border in Ireland though both spoke of the difficulties ahead as Britain prepares to exit the European Union.

- Educate Together, the main provider of multi-denominational education, says that new plans to transfer patronage away from hundreds of religious schools are "unfair and unworkable".

- Speeding up construction of the Metro North rail link between Dublin Airport and the city centre by up to two years is under consideration by the government as part of its revised capital plan, the paper says.

FINANCIAL TIMES

- The FT also leads with US president Donald Trump, reporting that his administration's haphazard implementation of its immigration ban left Britain flailing yesterday after the UK government was openly contradicted by American diplomats over which British nationals were covered by the measure.

- Vodafone is in talks about a merger of its Indian operations with Idea Cellular, a deal that would create a mobile network with about 380 million users and form one of the largest telecoms companies in the world.

- The FT Big Read in on unstitching the NAFTA trade deal as it reports that Trump's policies jeopardise a $580 billion bilateral relationship with Mexico. Unwinding the pact would hit Mexico hard but the country still had cards to play in any negotiations, the article says.

- The EU's digital chief has warned Facebook and other social media companies they must take a stronger stance against fake news or face action from Brussels. Andrus Ansnip said that recent events could be a "turning point" for online platforms that risked losing trust unless they took greater responsibility.

IRISH INDEPENDENT

- The paper also leads with US visa clearance in Ireland, reporting that Foreign Affairs minister Charlie Flanagan has said that the fast-track US entry scheme enjoyed by Irish air passengers must be maintained.

- The main investigator in the Seán FitzPatrick loans probe shredded documents related to the case, a court has heard. Kevin O'Connell, a legal adviser at the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement, described the shredding as "a calamitous error" which occurred at a time when he was under "enormous pressure".

- A 50 per cent hike in the carbon tax, reducing the maximum speed on motorways and removing public car parking spaces are among the measures proposed to transform Ireland to a low-carbon economy, the paper reports.

- There is no evidence that banks are not passing on interest rate cuts, the ECB has claimed in a research paper. The European Central Bank said the euro zone market as a whole is functioning with lower rates being passed through the system to borrowers.

IRISH EXAMINER

- US visa pre-clearance also makes the front page of the Irish Examiner which reports that one person was prevented from travelling to the US from Ireland due to Trump's controversial immigration clampdown which was implemented at the weekend.

- Taoiseach Enda Kenny's future as Fine Gael leader is set to come under fresh scrutiny at a private meeting of party members tomorrow which is also expected to hear calls for potential successors to make themselves known.

- On its business pages, the paper reports that ISME has warned that three banks have an "unhealthy" grip on lending to SMEs as a Central Bank survey showed that three lenders accounted for 93 per cent of all new lending to small firms.

- Gayle Dunne, wife of bankrupt developer Sean Dunne, has been ordered by a court not to reduce her assets below €50 million amid concerns that efforts are being made to put his assets beyond the reach of creditors.

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