Morning top 5: Possible EgyptAir fire, Labour's new leader and Brexit house prices

The top stories this Saturday morning...

An EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo may have suffered an onboard fire just before it disappeared from radar screens.

A screen grab of the data from the company's operations centre suggests smoke alerts were activated.

The plane went missing early on Thursday with 66 people onboard.

Seats, suitcases and human remains have since been found in the Mediterranean Sea.


Labour chairman Willie Penrose has praised the new leader of the party.

Brendan Howlin was elected unopposed yesterday - after Alan Kelly failed to secure the necessary support to contest the leadership.

The Wexford TD replaces Joan Burton - who announced she was stepping down after the General Election - which saw the party drop to seven seats.

Mr Howlin has been a TD since 1987 and has twice contested the leadership of the party - but lost out to Ruairi Quinn and Pat Rabbitte.


The Labour Court is set to hear from the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, Luas drivers and operator Transdev next week.

The body is considering whether or not it should intervene in the long running dispute over pay.

It follows the 12th day of strike action yesterday - which brought the capital to a halt and discommoded 100,000 commuters.


The British Chancellor says house prices will fall and mortgage interest rates will go up - if the UK votes to leave the European Union in next month's referendum.

According to figures from the UK Treasury, properties could lose between 10% and 18% of their value by 2018.

George Osborne's claims have been described as "extraordinary" by leave campaigners.


An annual event to commemorate members of An Garda Síochána who have been killed in the line of duty takes place today.

A Garda Remembrance Medal will be presented to the family of the late Garda Tony Golden, who was shot dead responding to a domestic dispute in Co Louth last year.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and An Tánaiste, Frances Fitzgerald will attend the event at Dublin Castle.