Newsround: what Thursday's papers say

Newsround: what Thursday's papers say
Thursday's papers

Coveney says Ireland will not be used as a Brexit pawn and criminal was real target of double murder attack

The top stories in Thursday's papers:


- The paper reports that gunmen, who shot dead two people in Dublin and injured three others including a child, were intent on killing only one man, who managed to escape uninjured. Dubliner Derek Devoy, a criminal with a violent past, has told gardaí he believes he was the target of the attack outside a house in Ballymun, north Dublin, yesterday.

- It also reports that British government proposals that would exclude the need for Border customs posts after Brexit were "timely and helpful" but could be difficult to implement, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said. He welcomed elements of the proposals but said "significant questions" remained to be answered on achieving a frictionless border.

- The mother of the young woman mowed down while protesting against a  neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, urged mourners at a memorial service "to make my daughter's death worthwhile" by confronting injustice the way she did, the paper says.

- In its business supplement, the paper reports that the IDA has played down US president Donald Trump's reference to Ireland in an attack on chief executives of US multinationals, whom he blames for taking jobs out of the US. The agency rejected suggestions his comments would damage Ireland's international reputation, noting US companies located here primarily for access to European and global markets.


- One of the US Federal Reserve's top policy-makers has attacked attempts to reverse the post-crisis drive for tougher regulation,  calling efforts to loosen constraints on banks "dangerous and extremely short-sighted", the FT reports. Stanley Fischer, the vice-chairman of the Fed's board of governors, said that 10 years after the crisis there are troubling signs of a drive to return to the status quo that preceded it.

- It also reports on Donald Trump's move to disband two White House business advisory councils after members abandoned them in protest against his reaction to far-right violence in Charlottesville at the weekend. Trump pulled the plug on his manufacturing council and his strategy forum as 10 members of the groups quit.

- The number of EU nationals working in the UK has hit a record high, driven by a big increase in the number of Bulgarian and Romanian citizens who have found employment there, the paper says. Data published yesterday showed an estimated 2.37 million EU workers in Britain between April and June this year, up by 126,000 on the same period in 2016.

- It also reports that scepticism has greeted British plans for the Irish border post-Brexit which would in effect allow EU nationals to visit Britain with no visa while food standards would mainly remain the same. It said the position paper was met with scepticism from the Irish government and business organisations as well as the European Commission which said "frictionless trade is not possible outside the single market and customs union".


- The paper leads with yesterday's double murder in Dublin, reporting that a mother of six was murdered in broad daylight in a vicious gangland shooting that also left a man dead. A toddler had a miracle escape as two gunmen armed with a handgun and a sub-machine gun opened fire outside the house in Ballymun at around 4 p.m.

- It also reports that house prices are set to rise by 15 per cent over the next three years, a survey conducted by the Central Bank has found. The survey of estate agents, auctioneers, economists and surveyors indicates prices will rise by eight per cent nationally this year and by 10 per cent in Dublin.

- The new Leaving Cert results system has left thousands of students facing a more anxious wait than usual for college offers on Monday. The paper says that the complete overhaul of the exam grades and CAO points scale means that college applicants cannot even make a reasonable guess about their chances of getting their preferred course.

- In its business section, the paper reports that Ryanair would have been interested in acquiring slots at German airports that are currently being used by collapsed Air Berlin if a "normal" sales process was initiated, according to the airline's chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs. He also said that Ryanair is not planning legal action to prevent the sale of any Air Berlin assets to Lufthansa.


- The paper leads with a warning from Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney that Ireland must still prepare for a hard border with customs checks. Although a UK position paper has made it clear that "a seamless and frictionless" border is the preferred  post-Brexit option, Coveney said Ireland could not be complacent and must prepare for the worst.

- One of Cork's biggest employers, outsourcing firm Voxpro, has been taken over by Canadian IT giant Telus International in a deal estimated to be worth around €150 million, the paper says. Founded almost 20 years ago by husband and wife team Dan and Linda Kiely, Voxpro employs 2,700 in Cork, Dublin, Europe and the US.

- Labour TD Alan Kelly has called for his party to merge with the Social Democrats and other like-minded Independents in order to maximise numbers as a group in the Dáil. The former environment minister also said it was wrong there was no grassroots vote for the Labour leadership and a decision was made by three party deputies rather than thousands of party members.

- Thousands of children are waiting as long as 12 years for their first dental screening, the Irish Dental Association has said. The membership body for dentists in Ireland blamed "totally inadequate" staffing levels in the public dental service which currently has just 300 dentists.

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