Tuesday September 22, 2020

What it says in the papers

Garda strike looms; Obama's warning to black voters: Yelp jobs fears

3rd November, 2016
The main headlines from today's newspapers


- The Irish Times leads with the Garda dispute, saying pressure has increased on the Government to significantly improve a package of pay-related concessions made to rank-and-file gardaí to avert an unprecedented strike tomorrow. The Garda Representative Association said it was not yet in a position to call off the action as Labour Court talks continued.

- The paper reports that the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has promised to step up its efforts to help Irish broadcasters stay in business, putting "sectoral sustainability" at the heart of its strategy statement for the first time. This follows conversations with broadcasters about the financial squeeze facing the industry.

- In business, fears are growing for up to 100 jobs at web company Yelp's European headquarters in Dublin, after the California-based business review site told analysts it would shut most of its international operations.

- The paper reports on comments from Smurfit Kappa chief executive Tony Smurfit, who told it that the group's appetite for US deals would wane in the event of Republican candidate Donald Trump's winning the US presidential election.


- The Financial Times leads with a warning from US president Barack Obama that too few African Americans are turning out for early voting in the coming presidential election. His comments come as Donald Trump gained on Hillary Clinton in national and key state polls.

- The FT reports on a new personalised app to be rolled out by ride sharing company Uber, saying it aims to become an integral part of your daily life, anticipating where you want to go, telling you where your friends are and suggesting things you may want to eat.

- In companies news, the paper says Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group is to bundle its continental European operations under the direct control of an expanded office in Amsterdam, as Japan's biggest banking group positions itself for a post-Brexit world. Some staff will be relocated from London.

- The FT says Facebook has blocked insurer Admiral from using social media posts to determine drivers' insurance premiums, forcing it to delay the launch of a product aimed at young motorists.


- The Irish Independent also leads with the Garda strike threat, saying strikes will go ahead unless there is a "substantial increase" in the Government's offer of a €2,500 pay rise. GRA president Ciaran O'Neill said the association was still open to discussions and was hoping for a positive result at talks.

- The paper says former TV3 news anchor Alan Cantwell, the press adviser to Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor, has resigned just months after taking up the position. It quotes several sources as saying that they had developed a "strained relationship" in recent weeks.

- In business, the paper says One51 has confirmed the sale of its Irish metals recycling business, in what the Irish Independent understands are a series of disposals to the previous owners. The paper says the sale is understood to be at a "knock down price".

- The paper says the minister responsible for climate change, Denis Naughten, has warned that he will not see consumers hit by new levies in order to fund the roll-out of solar projects, as he questioned the high number of schemes currently in development.


- The Irish Examiner leads with a claim that a senior HSE manager tried to sack the whistleblower who revealed the Grace foster abuse scandal in a detailed legal letter which was proven to involve entirely "fabricated" claims. Fine Gael TD John Deasy highlighted the situation under Dáil privilege last night.

- The paper reports on figures from Bord Bia which show that the dining out sector in Ireland is experiencing a bumper year, with the market so far topping a record €7.5 billion.

- The Examiner reports on accounts filed by the Irish arm of Louis Vuitton, which show that profits skyrocketed to more than €1.76m last year as sales of its luxury goods soared by more than 50 per cent to €8m.

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