Wednesday 18 July 2018

While you were sleeping - the stories you missed overnight

Today's front page of the Irish Independent.
Today's front page of the Irish Independent. Newsdesk Newsdesk

We take a look at the main stories from overnight and what it says in today’s papers.


Panama's government is creating an international committee of experts to recommend ways to boost transparency in the Central American country's offshore financial industry. President Juan Carlos Varela is trying to shore up confidence in his nation's financial sector after the leaking of 11.5 million documents from a prominent Panama-based law firm which helped create shell companies for the world's rich and famous. The Panamanian leader said the committee's findings will be shared with other nations so joint action can be taken to boost transparency in legal and financial centres worldwide.

Read More: Panama moves to boost transparency amid offshore accounts leak furore 

A clear majority of people who voted in a Dutch referendum have rejected a far-reaching European Union free trade deal with Ukraine. With all votes counted it is clear that the key threshold of 30% voter turnout would be met and the result would be valid. The turnout was at 32.2% according to broadcasters NOS and RTL.

Read More: Dutch voters 'reject EU-Ukraine deal in referendum' 

The Papers:

Enda Kenny is prepared to offer Micheál Martin the opportunity of being Taoiseach for two-and-a-half years if Fianna Fáil signs up to a "full and equal partnership government", the Irish Independent reports. The Fine Gael leader finally met Mr Martin last night and told him he would be "generous and open" in any deal between the two parties, provided it would last a full five-year term. The 'partnership' would see Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil share the same number of seats at the Cabinet table.

Read More: Role of rotating Taoiseach now on offer for Martin in 'equal partnership'

Meanwhile, the Herald reports with the story that the mother of a man whose body was dismembered and covered in acid before it was found in a recycling plant has appealed for anyone with information to come forward. Bernadette O'Byrne made her appeal after an inquest into the death of her son Mark Burke (36) heard of the harrowing circumstances surrounding the discovery of his body. The remains of Mark, of Moreen Park, Sandyford, Dublin, were found at Thornton's Recycling Plant in Ballyfermot, Dinquest ublin, on July 31, 2014.

A €10.3bn plan for transport for the greater Dublin area in the next 20 years has been published by the National Transport Authority. The plans include Luas lines to Bray, Finglas, Lucan and the Poolbeg peninsula, as well as the €2.4bn Metro North line from Dublin city centre to Dublin Airport and Swords, approved for funding under the Government’s capital plan published last year.

The company behind the Star Wars franchise has announced a fundraising campaign that offers Star Wars fans the chance to win a trip to Ireland. Those who pledge $10 (€8.80) or more are entered into a draw to visit Ireland and Skellig Micheal. The fundraising campaign is in aid of a number of children’s charities.

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