Morning top 5: 11th day of Luas strike action underway; baby girl found at recycling facility to be laid to rest

The top stories this Friday morning...

Around 90,000 people have been forced to alter their commute again today as a result of another Luas strike.

An all-day strike is underway with several more days of action planned by drivers for this month and next.

Yesterday evening drivers were forced to reschedule some of their strikes in June so that they would not affect secondary school students sitting their state exams.


Baby Alannah, the infant found deceased in a Wicklow recycling plant, will be laid to rest today.

She was found last week while waste was being sorted at the Greenstar facility in Bray.

A funeral service will take place at Redford Cemetery in Greystones this afternoon.

Local Gardaí say they wanted to give the infant an identity and pay their respects.


Psychiatric nurses across the country are to be balloted on industrial action up to and including strike.

The PNA has announced the move in response to staffing shortages.

The union says there are over 600 vacancies nationwide, with 58 additional workers needed in the Intellectual Disability service in the north Dublin area alone.


Today is Ibrahim Halawa's 1,000th day behind bars in Egypt.

The 20-year-old Dubliner has been in jail without trial - since being arrested in Cairo - in 2013.

The Irish Government, the European Parliament and the United Nations have all called for his release - while Amnesty International has described Ibrahim as a prisoner of conscience.


There are fears over jobs at Debenhams after the retail chain's Irish stores were placed into examinership.

The chain operates 11 stores in the Republic with more than 2,000 jobs now at risk.

The main financial problem for Debenhams is their rent bill, which is reportedly €25m a year.