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FG's NAMA fundraiser, Lenihan's attack on Cowen's finance tenure, and a challenge to Civil Partnership

Paperround: Your digested guide to the Sunday broadsheets.

The Sunday Independent leads with news of how Fine Gael have solicited donations from one of NAMA’s main developer debtors, Michael O’Flynn, and gave him a prime slot at their K Club golf classic last week.

The paper – which is running a text referendum on whether the government should stop bailing out Anglo Irish Bank – also features an interview with developer Paddy Kelly who asks why the taxpayer should be forced to bail him out.

Elsewhere, it carries details of an apparent U-turn from communications minister Eamon Ryan on the transition to DAB (digital-only) radio. Life magazine interviews Una Healy from the Saturdays.

The Sunday Business Post leads with details of how Ireland’s public sector workers are among the best paid of any of their equivalents anywhere in the world.

It also reveals how Noel Dempsey brought many of Fianna Fáil’s current and former junior ministers attended an ‘away-day’ to plot a political comeback – in the Heritage hotel which has gone into receivership.

The Post also reveals plans to cut the budget from the Department of Health by €600m in December’s budget. Agenda magazine profiles the business activities of professional religious preachers.

The Sunday Times carries comments by finance minister Brian Lenihan that his department lost influence and its ability to command respect during the time in which it was run by current Taoiseach Brian Cowen.

It also reveals that the ‘rebranding’ of the five government departments who had their names changed in the last cabinet reshuffle has cost €80,000 – with over half that cost being spent on plaques outside buildings.

Inside, it carries news of how NAMA’d developer Bernard McNamara has proposed an annual salary of €300k for himself to the state’s bad bank as he tries to trade his way out of difficulty.

The Times also tells how Ireland’s best-paid public servant – the former chief of the National Treasury Management Agency – has lost a court case to keep his salary – four times that of the Taoiseach’s – a secret.

The Sunday Tribune leads with details of the ongoing divide within Fine Gael after what supporters of Richard Bruton saw as a ‘lack of magnanimity’ by Enda Kenny’s loyalists after his victory in a confidence vote.

It also reveals that the Council of State may be convened to discuss the constitutionality of the Civil Partnership Bill passed by the Oireachtas last week, with the news that the President has yet to sign the Bill into law.

Elsewhere it covers the suggestion by Leo Varadkar that Bank of Ireland be forced to hand over use of its HQ on College Green – a former parliament building, and the first custom-built parliament house in the world – for use by the directly-elected Dublin Mayor.

T2 magazine features a ‘lost generation’ of Irish miners.

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Gavan Reilly

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