The top stories in Tuesday's newspapers:
THE IRISH TIMES
- The paper reports that officials and diplomats in Brussels expressed cautious optimism yesterday that progress can at last be made in the Brexit negotiations as British and EU negotiators began the latest round of talks. UK Brexit Secretary David Davis struck an upbeat note as he arrived in Brussels for the first in a monthly series of week-long talks on the terms of the UK's withdrawal.
- Gardaí fear a woman whose badly-decomposed remains were found in a wooded area in suburban Dublin was murdered four weeks ago and her body lay undiscovered since then, the paper says. The body was found in Blanchardstown, west Dublin, yesterday afternoon during a search for missing local woman, Linda Christian, who was last seen on June 24.
- The most expensive area in the state in which to buy property is Sandycove in south Dublin, where the average valuation is almost €790,000, according to Daft.ie's wealth report, the paper says. The report also found that property prices in Foxrock and Mount Merrion are in excess of €750,000.
- In its business section, the paper reports that Independent News & Media chief executive Robert Pitt has indicated that he might vote against resolutions that will be put to the company's shareholders at its annual meeting in Dublin on August 23. The development emerged in a letter issued yesterday to shareholders by INM chairman Leslie Buckley, outlining the agenda for the meeting.
- KKR has lined up two executives to succeed Henry Kravis and George Roberts, the co-founders of the $138 billion buyout group whose buccaneering style in the 1980s inspired the best-selling books Barbarians at the Gate. Scott Nuttall and Joseph Bae have been appointed as co-presidents and co-chief operating officers and members of the private equity firm's board.
- David Davis, UK Brexit minister, made a lightning trip to Brussels yesterday for talks with Michel Barnier, his EU counterpart, sparking a social media flurry over his team's apparent lack of briefing papers, the FT writes. The meeting marked the start of the second round of talks over the UK's departure from the EU.
- The Trump administration will let US companies hire more foreign workers as they struggle to find Americans to work in hotels, restaurants and other seasonal jobs. John Kelly, secretary of homeland security, yesterday announced the decision to increase the number of H-2B visas - permits for seasonal workers in non-agricultural sectors - to 81,000 from a congressional annual cap of 66,000.
- In its Companies & Markets section, the paper reports that Greece is poised to sell government bonds for the first time in three years in the latest sign of investor willingness to forget the past problems of former pariah sovereign borrowers. The southern European nation is expected to sell a five-year bond this week or next, bankers say.
- Motorists banned for drink-driving are to be "named and shamed" under radical proposals put forward by Transport Minister Shane Ross. The plan is the next step in the minister's crusade to crack down on drink-driving, which he has vowed to continue despite opposition in the Dáil from some rural TDs.
- The paper also reports that an American former nanny and her father have pleaded not guilty to the murder of Irish father-of-two Jason Corbett in North Carolina. Molly Martens Corbett and her father Thomas Martens will argue they killed the Limerick man in self-defence.
- Families are set to make a profit off the ill-fated water charges after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar admitted it will be "extremely difficult" to deduct the €100 conservation grant from refunds, the paper says. As Irish Water gears up to repay almost one million households their money, it has emerged they will be allowed to keep a "Burton bonus".
- New property millionaires are being created at a rate of a dozen a week with now close to 4,000 home owners in Ireland whose property is worth €1 million or more. A new report into housing wealth from Daft.ie shows that the average property value across the country is now €230,000, a 40 per cent rise in just five years.
- The paper reports that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's plan to refund €170 million in water charges has been undermined by confusion among ministers as to how and when it will happen. Despite Varadkar's desire that funds be repaid by the end of the year, it emerged last night that everybody who has paid will not be refunded by January 1.
- Child protection and welfare referrals to the Child and Family Agency, Tusla, rose by nine per cent last year, including more than 19,000 referrals linked to child abuse. Figures contained in Tusla's annual report for 2016 show child abuse accounted for 40 per cent of the 47,339 referrals made last year while 28,312 referrals were welfare concerns.
- The young woman who made sex abuse allegations against Sergeant Maurice McCabe said she met with a journalist about her case because wanted people to know there was another side to the garda whisteblower, the paper reports.
- In its business section, the paper says that exports of goods to the UK have increased despite the headwinds facing firms from the slump in the value of sterling. The CSO said exports to the UK increased by €154 million, or 14 per cent, to €1.24 billion in May, boosted by a surge in exports of chemicals.