Morning top 5: Female medic dies in New York hospital shooting; Water campaigners pledge to tackle bin charges; Almost 3,000 children homeless

The top stories this morning on Newstalk.com

Officials in New York say a female medic has been shot dead after a former doctor opened fire in the hospital where he used to work.

Police say six other people were injured - five seriously - at Bronx Lebanon hospital before the shooter turned the gun on himself.

Ney York police say the gunman was found on the 17th floor.

It has been reported the he resigned his position at the facility in 2015 following sexual harassment claims.

There are also reports he attempted to start a fire before taking his own life.

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Campaigners against water charges have pledged to devote the same energy to defeating the new regime of bin charges.

Sinn Fein has announced protests across a number of its Dublin constituencies to highlight people's anger at the new system.

The plan has come in for strong criticism since it was announced by the Environment Minister earlier this week – and last night the government clarified that it will not kick in from today as planned, but in the autumn instead.

Opposition parties have insisted the new charges are the last thing struggling families need and Sinn Féin is preparing to table a motion on the matter in the Dáil next week.

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Homelessness campaigners have warned that the government’s Rebuilding Ireland strategy is not working and needs to be overhauled.

It comes as figures for May indicate there are almost 3,000 children sleeping in emergency accommodation.

Altogether there were almost 5000 homeless adults.

Sinn Fein has accused the Government of ‘utterly failing' homeless families – and has called on the State to “get to grips” with the crisis.

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Campaigners on behalf of six people who were accused of the false imprisonment of former Tánaiste Joan Burton at a water charges protest in Jobstown are staging a public rally this afternoon.

It comes after Thursday’s acquittal in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court of the so-called ‘Jobstown Six.’

The Minister for Justice Charles Flanagan last night rejected calls for a public inquiry into the handling of the prosecution after members of the Solidarity Party said its members were the subject of a “stitch-up.”

Organisers of today's rally, due to take place at Dublin's Central Bank, have claimed serious questions need to be asked and answered.

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The British Prime Minister has spoken with the leaders of the DUP and Sinn Fein by phone overnight - in a bid to boost power-sharing talks at Stormont.

The Irish Language Act is continuing to cause problems for the talks process at Stormont.

Theresa May assured the DUP's Arlene Foster about the UK Government's priority to restore devolved Government as soon as possible.

In a separate call, she spoke to Sinn Fein's Northern Ireland leader Michelle O'Neill about the Government's commitment to making sure Northern Ireland has the political stability it requires.

Parties now have until Monday to form a new power-sharing Executive.