What Friday's papers say

Fall-out from Garda chief's appearance; new Dublin school to be most expensive; Aer Lingus's new baggage charges

31st March, 2017
The main headlines from today's newspapers

IRISH TIMES

- The Irish Times says Fianna Fáil is pushing for the Policing Authority to be given more power over the Garda Commissioner as it attempts to avoid supporting a Dáil motion of no confidence in Nóirín O'Sullivan.

- The paper says a private school aimed at children of multinational executives, to be based in south Dublin, looks set to be the most expensive in the state when it opens next year. It will be operated by Nord Anglia Education, based in Hong Kong, and typical charges for schools it already operates in Europe are about €20,000 a year.

- In business, the Irish Times says the Irish Government is set to contest Luxembourg's claim that it has a legal right to become the new base for the European Banking Authority, citing an EU agreement going back to 1965.

- The paper reports on new accounts which show that the deficit at Bus Eireann jumped sharply in the first two months of the year, rising 41 per cent to €2.2m compared with €1.5m in the same period last year.

FINANCIAL TIMES

- The Financial Times leads with news that British customs authorities have told MPs that a computer system acquired to collect duties and clear imports into the UK may not be able to handle the huge surge in workload expected once Britain leaves the EU.

- The FT says Britain's Financial Conduct Authority has fined a banker £37,000 for passing confidential client information to a "personal acquaintance and friend" using chat app WhatsApp. The FT says several large investment banks have banned employees from sending client information over messaging services such as WhatsApp.

- The paper quotes Thomson Reuters data which show that Europe was the main target for cross-border deal-making in the first quarter of 2017, as US companies hunted for bargains across the Atlantic. Mergers and acquisitions in Europe were up 16 per cent from a year earlier to $215.3 billion.

- The FT says Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz plans to launch its eighth brand, Arket, this autumn, starting with a shop in London. Arket will offer more expensive clothes for men, women and children.

IRISH INDEPENDENT

- The Irish Independent quotes a "senior source" as saying that Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan may have dug herself a "deeper hole" after admitting yesterday she does not know how almost one million breath tests were falsified. The paper says senior Fianna Fáil figures still do not have confidence in the Garda chief.

- The paper says a couple will spend €240 bringing their suitcases on a return trip to the Canary Islands after Aer Lingus hiked its baggage charges by as much as 40 per cent, switching to a three-tier pricing system for 'near', 'mid' and 'far' destinations.

- In business, the Irish Independent reports on comments from Twitter boss Jack Dorsey in Dublin, where he said paid subscriptions to the service are "a germ of an idea" that could be introduced for professional users such as journalists.

- The paper says Nama is preparing to sell a portfolio of loans of around €250m tied to the late Cork developer Owen O'Callaghan, adding that this comes as contenders for AIB's Project Cyprus portfolio of non-performing residential loans move to the second round of bidding.

IRISH EXAMINER

- The Irish Examiner says the possibility of a historic split of Ireland's security and policing systems could be included as part of the Government's imminent root and branch review of the Gardaí. It says two ministers have confirmed that the move may be considered in the wake of the latest scandal to hit the force.

- The paper says some Toyota Yaris cars built in 2002, as well as Auris and Corolla 2009 models, in Ireland are included in a global recall of almost three million vehicles due to a potentially faulty airbag.

- The Examiner says Cork and Limerick Chambers of Commerce have jointly commissioned a socio-economic study into the benefits of a proposed 80km, €1 billion, motorway between the two cities, which was shelved during the economic crash.

- The paper says University of Limerick made a €186,000 settlement with Revenue over its incorrect treatment of pay for staff on sabbatical leave as expenses.

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