Morning top 5: Thousands affected by nationwide rail strike; Eight dead in NYC attack; Poll finds support for abortion on request

The top stories this morning on Newstalk.com

No Intercity, DART or commuter service trains are running this morning – with more than 150,000 passengers affected.

Workers at Iarnród Éireann have downed tools in a strike over pay.

Train drivers are looking for a 3.75% pay rise, every year for the next three years.

Irish Rail has said that's unaffordable – with spokesperson Barry Kenny apologising to passengers for a lack of services today.

Commuters are being advised to leave extra time for their journeys – there are some extra private bus services running but demand is expected to be high.

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Eight people are dead and more than a dozen others are injured after a man drove a pick-up truck down a path & cycle lane in New York City.

Police say they are treating the incident as a terror attack.

The truck struck multiple people before hitting a school bus at around 3:05pm local time.

The 29-year-old driver then jumped out of the rented vehicle with what turned out to be two fake guns.

He is in custody in hospital after being shot by police.

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A new poll has found that 60% of people support access to abortion on request.

The Red C poll for Amnesty International also found that this increases to 85% when the pregnancy comes as a result of rape.

A referendum on the issue is due to be held next year.

Only 4% of people polled declined to give an opinion, highlighting the fact that views on the issue of abortion are very strong.

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Irish Water is preparing to issue one million refunds over the coming weeks.

For the most part, customers will not have to do anything to ensure they get their money back.

However, the utility is advising customers who have moved house to contact them with their new address.

The Government is expected to enact legislation allowing the refunds by the end of the month – with payments due shortly after.

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The Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire is preparing to update the British Government on the ongoing political crisis at Stormont.

There is still no sign of a breakthrough as Sinn Féin and the DUP discuss how to restore power-sharing.

Talks are due to continue this morning.