PRESS DIGEST - Ireland - Sept 30


These are some of the leading stories in Ireland's newspapers onMonday. Reuters has not verified these stories and cannot vouchfor their accuracy:


- The government is on course to win the referendum to scrapthe Seanad upper house of parliament on grounds that abolitionwill save money, according to a new opinion poll by The IrishTimes and Ipsos MRBI.

- Another round of the marathon legal battle between thefamily of bankrupt former billionaire Sean Quinn and state-ownedIrish Bank Resolution Corporation kicks off next month, with acrucial application by the family to ring-fence all the assetsin the entire Quinn group.

- Recovery in house prices is fragile and prices could startplummeting again in coming months if banks flood the market withrepossessed homes, a new report warns.


- Ireland's "best and brightest" are paying too much tax andshould be given some relief to stop the brain drain, TransportMinister Leo Varadkar said.

- Google's Irish-based operation increased itsrevenue in 2012 by almost a quarter to 15.5 billion euros,according to accounts filed over the weekend.

- Property prices are stabilising in cities outside ofDublin, with the market holding steady in Limerick, Clare andGalway over the past three months.


- Gold-plated severance pay packages amounting to nearly 5million euros will be dispensed to senators - even before theirpensions kick in - if the electorate vote to abolish the Seanad.

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