The top stories in Tuesday's newspapers:
THE IRISH TIMES
- Hillary Clinton held a narrow lead in the polls as Americans prepared to vote today, the paper reports on its front page, noting the two candidates criss-crossed the US yesterday in a frantic effort to shore up their support after a long, nasty and divisive election campaign.
- Also on its front page, the paper reports that Finance Minister Michael Noonan has ruled out further Garda-style pay deals across the public service as the cabinet prepares to consider the fallout from the €40 million proposal to settle the dispute.
- On the Home News pages, the paper reports that the Minister for Justice Francis Fitzgerald and the UK Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire committed the two governments to enhancing security co-operation in the wake of Brexit and reiterated their commitment to keeping the Common Travel Area.
- Pollution causes 1,200 premature deaths annually, the hidden cost of failing to maintain a quality environment on the island of Ireland, a new report from the Environmental Protection Agency says.
- The dollar surged and US equities rallied on the last full day of campaigning in the US election yesterday as investors grew more confident of a Hillary Clinton victory despite polls that showed her with only the narrowest of leads over Republic rival Donald Trump, the paper says.
- Its front page also carries a report that Tesco has blocked internet purchases on all 136,000 debit cards issued by its banking division after one of the largest cyber bank robberies in UK history.
- The UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, will have to confront a £25 billion hole in the public finances in his Autumn statement as growth and tax revenues fall short of projections, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, a leading British think tank.
- The FT Big Read focuses on Asian politics under the headline 'Chequebook diplomacy'. It reports that recent deals with Malaysia and the Philippines wounded the US and indicated that China is getting better at playing geopolitics.
- Unions have warned the government to open up fresh pay talks or face a free-for-all from public sector workers following the €50 million deal to stop an unprecedented Garda strike, the paper reports on its front page.
- The paper also gives widespread coverage to the US election, reporting that both sides embarked on a frenzied late blitz of battleground states ahead of today's vote.
- Education chaos continues, the paper says, as 500 second-level schools are forced to shut because of a one-day strike by the ASTI and as 200,000 students are left in the dark about when they can return to school.
- The paper also reports that rents are surging as one-in-six home buyers is getting an exemption to strict Central Bank mortgage limits which were supposed to cool the property market.
- The Web Summit kicked off in Lisbon last night, the paper says on its front page, but the wifi gremlins which dogged the technology conference in Dublin seem to have stowed away on the plane to Portugal.
- The newspaper also focuses on the industrial climate, reporting that trade union leaders have demanded that the government hold new talks on a public sector pay deal or face a pay war.
- The paper also carries a report on rents, saying they are rising in double digits and are now higher than at the height of the Celtic Tiger with disastrous consequences for renters, communities and the country's competitiveness.
- Sea levels around Ireland have risen by almost 10 centimetres since the early 1990s, the most evident impact of climate change on our environment, the paper says.