The top stories in Wednesday's newspapers:
THE IRISH TIMES
- Tributes from across the island of Ireland and overseas were paid to Martin McGuinness, the former IRA leader and subsequent peacemaker, who died from a rare heart illness early yesterday morning. But there were also critical and unforgiving words about his leadership of the IRA, which killed almost 1,800 people during the Troubles, the paper says.
- The chief executive of Independent News & Media made a protected disclosure under whistleblower legislation about a proposed bid by the company for Newstalk, the radio station owned by INM's largest shareholder Denis O'Brien.
- Former Clerys workers sacked from their jobs at the landmark Dublin department store almost two years ago have reached an undisclosed financial settlement with the building's owner, Natrium.
- Hospital consultants should be paid for treating private patients as part of their annual salary rather than earning payments for individual procedures, according to Health Minister Simon Harris, who will unveil detailed plans today for the reform of the health service at the Oireachtas committee on the future of healthcare.
- Airline passengers travelling to the US and UK from several Middle Eastern and North African countries have been barred from carrying large electronic devices into the main cabin under new counter-terrorism measures.
- Rises in the cost of food and fuel helped push UK inflation to its highest level since September 2013, raising concerns over a squeeze in living standards partly caused by the drop in sterling's value since the Brexit vote last June.
- Frankfurt is shaping up as the main winner among European financial centres in picking up jobs that will leave London with Brexit. The home of the European Central Bank has the edge over rivals Paris, Madrid, Dublin, Milan and Amsterdam, according to financiers and officials, the paper says.
- The FT Big Read takes marijuana as its subject, under the headline 'Talking with the taxman about pot'. It reports that more than half of US states have legalised marijuana in recent years but the federal government is still targeting an industry that could be a big revenue generator with the tax code its primary weapon.
- Up to 300 jobs are set to be lost over the next two years at RTÉ as the state broadcaster unveils a radical restructuring. It has also put almost nine acres of its lands in Donnybrook on the market and is looking for €75 million.
- Enda Kenny has dramatically faced down his critics as he revealed he has no intention of stepping aside as Taoiseach until May at the earliest. In a move that has buoyed his supporters within Fine Gael, Kenny announced he will join fellow EU leaders for a crucial summit on April 29.
- Bus Éireann passengers may face an all-out strike as early as next week as the company will today tell staff that Monday is D-day for it to sign off on cuts to stave off insolvency. It is also likely to set dates to axe or reduce services on five routes at the meeting.
- In its business section, the paper reports that a growing number of Ireland's advertisers are considering withholding advertising from Google over fears that Irish ads are appearing alongside extremist YouTube video content.
- Ireland tops the table of 25 countries for people drinking at home before going on a night out with more than four out of five surveyed engaging in "pre-drinking", according to research conducted by a team of international academics.
- One in four road deaths in Ireland is work-related, a new study shows, as an analysis of road accidents from 2008 to 2011 found truck drivers were involved in almost half of the 193 fatal accidents.
- Leading international figures are expected to attend the funeral of Martin McGuinness tomorrow as former US president Bill Clinton, President Michael D Higgins and DUP leader Arlene Foster all paid tribute to him while Queen Elizabeth is to write to his wife, Bernadette, the paper reports.
- The BBC's director-general, Lord Hall, has refuted claims by about 70 MPs, the majority of them Tories, that its news coverage of Brexit is biased after they accused the corporation of failing to break out of "pre-referendum pessimism".