The top stories in Monday's newspapers:
THE IRISH TIMES
- Pressure is mounting on Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald to clarify when she became aware of false allegations of child sexual assault against Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe which were contained in files of Tusla, the Child and Family Agency.
- The paper also reports that more than 10,000 support staff in hospitals will go on strike from March 7 if, as expected, a vote for industrial action is carried today.
- Criminal gangs are recruiting and exploiting children as young as 11 using drugs, alcohol and the notion of status, according to new research based on a four-year study.
- In its business section, the paper reports that Ires Reit, the state's largest private landlord, has been refused planning for a major 492-apartment development in Dublin's Sandyford.
- One in 10 of Britain's top 100 companies are considering ditching "long-term incentive plans" as shareholders push back against excessive executive pay, according to consultants and investor groups.
- Donald Trump has found himself confronting a foreign policy challenge that has vexed his predecessors after North Korea launched a ballistic missile, disrupting the US president's weekend with the Japanese prime minister.
- The FT Big Read also focuses on executive pay as it reports that anger over the size of chief executives' pay packages are threatening to spur change and the UK could lead the shift in how corporate performance is rewarded.
- In its Companies & Markets section, the paper reports that China's largest property developer, Dalian Wanda, has set its sights on banks in Europe, including Germany's Postbank, as it diversifies away from its core real estate business.
- The paper also leads with the Garda controversy, reporting that the chaotic handling of the whistleblower scandal is destabilising the entire political system as Fianna Fáil and the government clash over when the Tánaiste learned about the Tusla file on Maurice McCabe.
- Around 20,000 pupils will benefit from extra supports under a new scheme to tackle educational disadvantage. The Delivering Equality of Opportunity (DEIS) programme will expand next September to include about 80 more schools.
- Europe's lead negotiator on Brexit, Michel Barnier, is "working closely" with Taoiseach Enda Kenny to find solutions to the problems posed by the British exit from the EU and is "aware of Irish concerns".
- Some of Ireland's most secretive private companies could be forced to reveal detailed financial data for the first time under radical plans unveiled in the UK. Firms with substantial UK operations, such as Dunnes Stores, ABP Group and Smyths Toys, could be forced to dramatically increase the level of public disclosure about their finances.
- The crisis facing the government over its handling of false allegations of child sex abuse against Maurice McCabe is set to deepen as Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin meets the whistleblower today.
- The paper also reports that Fianna Fáil has called for a full and open briefing on the controversial Cork events centre project before another cent of public money is pumped into it.
- There was a near-record rise in construction employment as companies responded to greater workloads in January while the rate of input cost inflation quickened to the sharpest since February 2007, a new report shows.
- The need for the scaled-down 49,400-tonne rock barrier to protect parts of Donald Trump's Doonbeg golf resort has not been justified, according to the government department charged with implementing EU environmental law and protecting EU-designated habitats.