Donald Trump

The Irish Independent, in similar vein, says: "The sun still rises in the East, and the world turns, but things are going to be different under President Donald Trump."

The Irish Examiner says the liberal world's high dudgeon over Mr Trump's election as president of the United States is as pointless as it is immaterial. Instead, the paper warns that this country may be sleepwalking towards an Irish Trump.

On the Irish Examiner's front page, Stephen Rogers writes that Barack Obama blasted Trump throughout the presidential election campaign as unfit for office, but he still summoned up enough grace yesterday to -- just about -- smile for the cameras and describe their first ever meeting as "excellent".

The bitter rivals tried to present a picture of unity, writes Simon Carswell in the Irish Times, but that paper, like the Independent and the Irish Daily Mirror, concentrates on the effect the new man in the White House might have on the Irish economy.

"Don take our jobs," says the Mirror headline.

The Irish Independent reports that an economic adviser to Donald Trump has warned that the incoming president's new tax plans could see a "flood of companies" leaving Ireland, as well as Canada, Germany and France.

That adviser, Stephen Moore, said on BBC Radio yesterday that the centrepiece economic plan of the new administration was wooing back multinationals from overseas, with a cut in the headline corporation tax rate from 35 per cent to 15 per cent, says the Times.

The paper quotes senior corporate advisers here as saying they do not believe established companies will leave. However, most accept that, if implemented, Trump's tax policy would make it more difficult to attract future US investment.

The Independent notes that Mr Moore's remarks came just hours after Mr Trump held a ten-minute phone conversation with the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny.

Taoiseach under attack

Meanwhile, the Taoiseach has come under what the Examiner calls a blistering attack by a former cabinet colleague. The former minister for justice, Alan Shatter yesterday won his appeal against the High Court's dismissal of his challenge to parts of the Guerin report concerning his handling of complaints by the Garda whistleblower, Sergeant Maurice McCabe.

And as Daniel McConnell reports, the former minister said Seán Guerin had made his findings without ever speaking to him or giving him the opportunity to address his concerns. He had raised such concerns with the Taoiseach, and his successor in Justice, Frances Fitzgerald, but they were ignored, he said yesterday.

Minister for Health row

Another minister, Simon Harris, provides the lead story for the Irish Daily Mail. The paper says the Minister for Health has had a furious row with campaigners against the chosen site for the new National Children's Hospital.

Work has already started on the site at Saint James's Hospital in the centre of Dublin, but the Mail says a member of a group that wants the hospital moved to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown criticised the minister at the Dáil health committee last month.

Valerin O'Shea had said there that if the minister failed to switch the site he would be responsible for the deaths of many children.

Addressing the committee yesterday, the Mail says, Simon Harris described the language used by the campaign group as "frankly offensive". "We are all united in the desire to build a national children's hospital," he said. "Let's not get into the gutter, let's not attack the bona fides of the people who are actually involved in this project." 

Anthony Stokes

The Irish Daily Star and the Irish Sun lead with reports that the Ireland footballer Anthony Stokes has admitted he headbutted an Elvis impersonator in a Dublin nightclub. "I shook up Elvis," is the Sun's headline.