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Newsround: what Tuesday's papers say

London attacker lived for a time in Ireland and Iarnród Éireann nearly insolvent

6th June, 2017
Wednesday's papers

The top stories in Tuesday's newspapers:


- The paper reports that one of the attackers who killed seven people and injured 48 near London Bridge on Saturday lived for a time in Ireland, where he married his British wife. Another of the three assailants who were shot dead by armed police during the attack was a well-known supporter of a radical Islamist group who had been monitored by police in London.

- It also says that Iarnród Éireann has forecast that further financial losses this year will leave the company just €2 million ahead of insolvency. The state-owned rail operator has predicted it will lose about €6 million this year, bringing its accumulated deficit to €159.2 million.

- Talks on a new public service pay agreement are expected to intensify today with the government likely to table detailed proposals on pay and pensions for the first time. Key issues will include the scale of pay improvements offered by the government over the terms of any new deal and which categories of staff will be required to contribute more towards their pensions in the future.

- In its business section, the paper reports that technology giant Apple upgraded most of its Mac computers on Monday, including a powerful new offering for professional users, showing renewed commitment to a product line that critics say it neglected amid lacklustre growth.


- The paper also reports that Khuram Butt, one of three men who took part in the London Bridge attack, was a known member of an extreme Islamist group, a revelation that raises questions about how security services monitor potential threats.

- It also says that Saudi Arabia and three other Arab nations have severed diplomatic ties and cut off transport links with Qatar in an unprecedented attempt to isolate the Gulf state as they claim that its regional policies fuel extremism and terrorism.

- The FT Big Read focuses on British politics and the unlikely rise of Jeremy Corbyn as it reports that despite expectations of a disaster at the start of the campaign, the Labour leader has turned the UK election into a serious contest. However, the party will remain sharply divided, whatever the result, it says.

- In its Companies & Markets section, the paper reports that sales of the Sony PlayStation 4 have reached almost 60 million units since the games console launched three and a half years ago with the Japanese company maintaining its commanding lead over Microsoft as its main rival prepares to release a more powerful Xbox console.


- The paper also reports that one of the London terror attackers used Ireland as a back-door entrance to the UK and was living here until last year, gardaí believe. It also reports that a Dublin imam has warned that extremists are free to spread "cancerous ideology" in the Muslim community here and warned that more needs to be done to stop people becoming radicalised in Ireland.

- The population boom has pushed the number of students sitting the Junior Cert exams to their highest level for years although the number taking the Leaving Cert shows little change from last year. Overall, 121,470 candidates are entered for the two exams which start in schools and other examination centres around the country tomorrow.

- In its business section, the paper reports that Irish builders have been cashing in on weak sterling with construction firms more than doubling their spending on imports from the UK during the first five months of this year compared with the same period in 2016.

- It also reports that Dublin-based Stobart Air is investing €25 million and adding 60 jobs as it intensifies its relationship with UK airline Flybe. Stobart also expects to carry more than two million passengers this year compared to around 1.5 million in 2016.


- Irish naval service ships operating in the Mediterranean Sea could soon be adopting a more robust role in the fight against Islamic terrorists and people smugglers, the paper reports, saying the Defence Forces have told the government it is time to join the EU Navfor mission whose member states are attempting to intercept arms shipments to terrorists and gain vital intelligence on them.

- Prices in Irish supermarkets should be falling faster than they are as the huge Brexit surge in the value of the euro against sterling ought to be weighing on the grocery foodstuffs imported from Britain, according to leading economist Alan McQuaid.

- The paper reports that speculation is continuing that incoming Taoiseach Leo Varadkar may ask close supporter Paschal Donohoe to take over as Finance Minister in addition to his Public Expenditure role. The move, which is likely to lead to an eventual re-merging of the two portfolios after the next election, would reduce the number of positions Varadkar has available in Cabinet for his supporters.

- The Dutchman who purchased former Naval Service ship LE Aisling for the bargain price of €110,000 got an added bonus - there was €16,000 worth of fuel onboard, the paper says. The revelation is likely to spark renewed calls into how the vessel was let go so cheaply especially as the buyer recently advertised it for resale at €685,000, it adds.

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