The top stories in Tuesday's newspapers:
THE IRISH TIMES
- The paper reports that politicians in all parties have concluded that a referendum on abortion is inevitable following the Citizens' Assembly recommendation at the weekend for an extensive liberalisation of the anti-abortion laws. The recommendation will now be passed to a special Oireachtas committee for consideration.
- The former master of the National Maternity Hospital, Dr Peter Boylan, has been urged to resign from its board for speaking out against its planned move to the St. Vincent's Hospital campus.
- Measures aimed at restricting cars travelling through Dublin city centre are set to be introduced despite opposition from city traders and some residents. Dublin City Council's plans for car restrictions along parts of the Liffey quays are to be discussed and broadcast live at a meeting of the council's transport committee next month.
- In its business section, the paper reports that the snap UK election announced last week will not impact the government's planned AIB share sale, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said, as he mooted the first week in July as a possibility for the IPO.
- The paper reports that relief swept through European financial markets yesterday after centrist Emmanuel Macron made it into the run-off for the French presidency, sending the euro to its highest level against the dollar in five months and shares in French banks soaring.
- Jimmy Choo, which rose from humble origins in a Hackney cobblers workshop to become one of Britain's best-known fashion brands, is up for sale after struggling to retain the cachet it held in the early 2000s.
- The paper devotes two pages to the outcome of the first round of the French presidential election, reporting that the mainstream parties that have shaped France's political life for six decades were yesterday picking through the wreckage of their defeat, trying to regroup ahead of parliamentary elections in June.
- In its Companies & Markets section, the paper says that US paintmaker PPG Industries yesterday launched a withering attack on the leadership of Akzo Nobel as it tabled a third bid for its Dutch rival, saying that its €26.9 billion offer was the "last" friendly overture it would make before taking hostile action.
- The paper reports that Housing Minister Simon Coveney has warned that the country must not be "bankrupted" by the public sector pay bill. It also says that the government wants to cut the €3.3 billion cost of public sector pensions, a move that may put it on a collision course with unions.
- It also says that 43 board vacancies still exist under Transport Minister Shane Ross' remit despite changes made to the appointments system at his request. Ross said last year that he could not fill 36 posts because he had too much ministerial discretion when it came to selecting candidates.
- The construction of the new national children's hospital is expected to get the final green light from the cabinet today following an official examination of the projected costs of nearly €1 billion to build the state-of-the-art hospital on the site of St James's hospital.
- Marine Le Pen announced last night that she was temporarily stepping down as head of France's Front National party to widen her appeal ahead of next month's presidential election run-off.
- The paper reports that Health Minister Simon Harris is keen to begin a review of the ownership and patronage of dozens of hospitals across the country as he feels it is time to settle the wider issue of the Church-state relationship, citing senior government sources.
- The country is on course to hold a referendum on whether or not to liberalise abortion laws, with senior government figures backing moves for a vote to be held next year.
- US President Donald Trump is putting fresh pressure on congressional Democrats to pay for a wall on the US-Mexico border as a funding deadline looms, even if that pressure risks a possible government shutdown.
- In its business section, the paper reports that CRH, which is due to release a trading update tomorrow, is expected to make another large-scale acquisition some time next year as its cash generation improves and debt levels continue to decline.