Ictu

The Irish Independent's is that Ictu is "ramping up" the clamour for private sector pay increases, Congress's John Douglas as saying that these demands are "fair, reasonable and will stand up to scrutiny."

For the Irish Examiner, the demand from the private sector comes as the government hardens its stance around renegotiation of public sector wages and continues to insist that there will be no early renegotiation of the Lansdowne Road Agreement.

The Irish Times notes Paschal Donohoe's telling the cabinet that public service staff numbers will return to "peak" size of 285,000, last seen the economic crash in 2008 and that the public pay bill will surpass 2008 levels.

And the Irish Daily Mail quotes the Taoiseach, who told the Dail "it would be unfair if recent gains were spent solely on public service workers and there is need for fairness across the board for every worker in the country." 

The launch of Ireland's bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup is covered everywhere with great optimism voiced from all quarters, north and south save for supporters of Semple Stadium who are angry that it's not on the list and are demanding to know why. That's in the Independent.

So what else?

In the Irish Times, we read that a move is under way in the European Parliament to exclude British MEPs fron key committee positions as there are worries they could shape EU legislation before the official exit.

In the Irish Independent, David McWilliams is using his column to surmise that Italy could be the next "domino to fall" in line with the increasingly widespread phenomenon seen in Brexit and the US as a contest of insiders versus outsiders...

In the last two years, the numbers serving in the Garda reserve have reduced by 36% - that's in the Irish Examiner

Did you know that the Irish Christmas tree market is worth 21million Euro annually and as a result is a perennial target for thieves and tree-rustlers who prey on private and state forests? For this reason, one private grower in Newtownmountkennedy, Christy Kavanagh, in business since the 1950s and regularly robbed, has had to put up a network of CCTV cameras and security lights, triggered by movement, around his farm. That's in the Herald

Irish Rail will need 128 million of state subvention every year for the next five years to stave off insolvency - that's a stark prediction from Kevin Doyle's analysis piece in the Independent - 

And from the good news department

Celebrity Cruises is to be the first cruiseline to use Dublin port as a "Home Port" during a "mini-Season" in 2018, during which it will offer cruises directly to Northern Europe. This is expected to benefit the city to the tune of 6million Euro. And with a major development of Alexandra underway, by 2020, Dublin expects to be able to host even the largest liners afloat.

With Ban Ki-Moon saying he wants to talk to Donald Trump, in person, about global warming, perhaps he should suggest a joint  trip to Lapland, where climate change is threatening the survival of Siberian reindeer,  on which the last remaining nomadic herders in the Arctic, the 6,000-strong Yamal Nedits, depend for their livelihood. Scientists from the University of Lapland say that autum rainfall can now prove catastrophic for the deer when in winter, freezing temperatures return, and create a crust of impenetrable ice several centimetres thick through which the animals can't penetrate to graze. That's in the Herald.