The top stories in Tuesday's newspapers:
THE IRISH TIMES
- Gardaí believe fees of up to €20,000 were paid by people smuggled into Ireland by an international crime syndicate suspected of exploiting security at Dublin Airport, the paper reports on its front page. Three men, including two Aer Lingus employees, have been arrested in connection with the alleged offences.
- A plan to create 135,000 jobs by 2020 while rejuvenating 600 rural towns and villages was announced by Enda Kenny yesterday. He pledged to bring Garda numbers up to 15,000 and promised "there is something in this for everybody".
- In its World News section, US president Donald Trump's White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters during his first official press briefing yesterday that "our intention is never to lie to you" but he refused to retract his disputed claim that the inauguration was the most watched ever "both in person and around the globe".
- In its business section, the paper reports on the warning from the Central Bank that finance firms moving business to Ireland after Brexit must ensure that management of these operations is also based here to win regulatory approval.
- US President Donald Trump signalled he would put protectionism at the heart of economic policy, withdrawing the US from a historic Pacific trade pact and threatening to punish companies for moving production overseas on his first working day in office.
- UK prime minister Theresa May's promise to bolster Britain's "world-leading" industries through a new industrial strategy was met with faint praise from business leaders amid claims it was little more than a sprawling discussion paper.
- The FT Big Read is on Africa, reporting that it is a shrinking space for autocrats. The paper says that the move by neighbours to ease Yahya Jammeh out of power in Gambia was evidence, says reformers, that democracy is taking deeper roots in parts of the continent even if some despots are clinging on.
- The paper also publishes a special report on Ireland's Financial Services, leading with a story on Dublin jockeying for the Brexit spoils. An exodus from London could provide a fillip for a city just recovering from the financial crisis, it says.
- The paper also leads with the human trafficking operation at Dublin Airport, reporting that it netted €18 million from hundreds of desperate immigrants. Further arrests are expected in the operation which is understood to have international links, including the Mafia and Triad gangs.
- Unions for 250,000 public servants will seek a €600 pay rise for each of their members on the back of a €50 million Garda deal at new talks in May, the paper says.
- Taoiseach Enda Kenny will break with the government's long-standing policy of not publicly touting for UK-based companies to relocate to Ireland, making an explicit pitch to financial institutions in his first major speech since Theresa May outlined her plans to take the UK out of the single market.
- Bus Éireann chief executive Ray Hernan has upped the ante on the fate of the company by warning that it could go out of business with the loss of 2,600 jobs. But the threat of an all-out strike at the bus service is set to deepen today as unions prepare to snub an invitation to talks.
- The paper reports on the Stardust inquiry on its front page, saying the government remains deeply divided as to whether a fresh inquiry into the 1981 fire tragedy should be established ahead of a Dáil debate today.
- It also says that tributes have been paid to property developer Owen O'Callaghan for his commitment to and vision for his native city over almost half a century. "The city has lost one of its champions," Independent councillor Kieran McCarthy said.
- On its business pages, the paper reports that the dollar slid and gold rose as US president Donald Trump outlined plans for a more protectionist regime to encourage US multinationals to invest less overseas and create more jobs in the US.
- Samsung yesterday indicated that its latest flagship Galaxy S smartphone could be delayed as it pledged to enhance product safety following an investigation into the cause of fires in its premium Note 7 devices.