Morning top 5: Two dead following earthquake; One-in-nine children in consistent poverty; Man due in court in connection with Swords murder

The top stories this morning on Newstalk.com

A man is due in court later, charged in connection with the murder of Dermot Byrne.

The 56-year-old father of three died following an assault in Swords Co Dublin last weekend.

Gardaí charged a 29-year-old man yesterday.

He is expected to appear before the Criminal Courts of Justice this morning.

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At least two people have been killed and more than 120 injured on the Greek island of Kos after a powerful earthquake hit the region.

70 people were taken to hospital in the neighbouring Turkish resort of Bodrum as they were injured trying to escape.

The quake struck with a magnitude of 6.7 as people slept - injuring several people after their buildings partially collapsed.

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Charity organisations are warning that one-in-nine children in Ireland are living in constant poverty.

The Government is being urged to focus on the needs of children as it prepares for Budget 2018.

The Department of Social Protection pre-budget forum is being held at Dublin Castle this morning – with over 40 charity organisations invited to attend.

St Vincent de Paul has called for investment in childcare and family income supports as well as renewed efforts to tackle the housing and homelessness crisis.

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Eight people discovered in a shipping container at Rosslare Port in Co Wexford have received medical treatment.

Three adults and five children were found after a ship from Cherbourg docked at the port yesterday.

It's understood they'll be making asylum applications.

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Former American football star OJ Simpson has been granted early release from prison.

He was jailed in 2008 for a failed armed robbery of his own sports memorabilia at a Las Vegas hotel.

 

The 70 year-old told the parole board hearing he had “done his time” and was “sorry.”