The top stories in Wednesday's newspapers:
THE IRISH TIMES
- The €300 million move of the National Maternity Hospital to a religious-owned site at St. Vincent's Hospital is back on track after both institutions gave assurances about its autonomy, the paper says on its front page.
- It also reports that inaccuracies have been uncovered in the Garda's homicide figures following a review of 41 sample cases, just weeks after it emerged that almost 15,000 motorists had been wrongly convicted of road traffic offences and one million alcohol breath tests had been recorded as two million in the Garda's official data over a four-year period.
- AIB has been fined €2.75 million by the Central Bank for failing to report potentially suspicious monetary transactions promptly to the Garda and Revenue. The financial regulator found the bank guilty of six breaches of anti-money laundering laws.
- In its business section, the paper reports that Wall Street giant Bank of America Merill Lynch is actively looking for more office space in Dublin, capable of accommodating hundreds of additional staff, as it prepares for the outcome of Brexit.
- Billionaire Bernard Arnault and his family are to tighten their grip on LVMH, the world's largest luxury goods group by revenues, shunning external acquisitions as too expensive or unavailable.
- The paper also reports that the Home Office in Britain is trying to discourage EU nationals from applying for permanent residence in the UK to avoid becoming deluged by applications following the triggering of the Article 50 Brexit clause.
- Donald Trump has threatened to broaden a trade dispute with Canada, a day after his administration imposed new tariffs on imports of Canadian softwood lumber. The US president said on Twitter that Canada has "made business for our dairy farmers in Wisconsin and other border states very difficult".
- In its Companies & Markets section, the paper reports that Uber is looking to the skies with plans for a flying taxi venture after being brought to earth by a series of management problems.
- Motorists face having speeding fines linked to their salaries under radical new road-safety proposals. Higher earners would have to pay more if caught breaking the limit, which could mean a driver on €50,000 a year would pay €1,000 in fines, the paper says.
- A number of abortions have been carried out to save the lives of pregnant women in St. Vincent's Hospital in Dublin since new legislation came into force. A hospital spokeswoman said the terminations were performed under the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013.
- Home owners living in the capital's most expensive suburbs consumer far more water than the majority of households across the state. Large houses boasting en suites and equipped with power showers appear to be driving up water consumption, new CSO figures suggest.
- In its business section, the paper reports that US President Donald Trump's plan to slash the US corporate tax rate to 15 per cent is setting up a showdown with House Speaker Paul Ryan, who has called for a tax plan to pay for itself.
- The number of people treated for abusing former 'headshop' drugs dropped dramatically following the introduction of laws effectively banning the trade, research indicates. It found average treatment rates for new psychoactive substances fell by almost 50 per cent in the two years after laws were introduced in 2010.
- Social media and tech giants, including Facebook, Twitter and Google, are to meet the government about plans to set up a cyber watchdog for online abuse and bullying. One of the functions of the new watchdog would be to fast-track disputes over privacy, online harassment and defamation.
- Eight out of 10 student nurses are considering working overseas and 70 per cent have been approached by overseas recruitment agencies while just 30 per cent have been contacted by the HSE, a new survey by the INMO shows.
- Frontline gardaí fear they are not equipped to deal with a terrorist attack and that the country's busiest airport may be vulnerable unless armed security is beefed up.