Morning top 5: Humanitarian Summit continues; Man questioned over Louth taxi driver murder

The top stories this Tuesday morning...

President Michael D Higgins will tackle the issue of gender-based violence today, when he makes his second speech at the first ever Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul.

The two-day meeting of global leaders is brainstorming ideas to help solve current humanitarian problems.

Yesterday President Higgins warned the UN needs to take decisive action on poverty, war, migration and climate change.


A 22-year-old man is being questioned this morning over the murder of a taxi driver in County Louth last year.

The body of 53-year-old Martin Mulligan was found at Carnmore just outside Dundalk in the early hours of the 28th of September. He had been stabbed to death.

Yesterday evening Gardai arrested a man in Dundalk in connection with his murder.


Government ministers will consider a proposal to set up an all-party committee to plan the future of the health service, this morning.

The motion was proposed by 89 opposition TDs and an amended version will be brought to this morning's cabinet meeting.

The motion would establish a committee which would report within 6 months and devise a 10 year plan for the health service.


INMO members at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda will engage in a work-to-rule today.

The organisation says that the action is in response to the staffing shortages that exist at the facility.

It comes as the HSE confirmed yesterday 144 nursing posts in Emergency Departments across the country will be filled in the coming months.


A national housing charity is calling on the Government to protect Irish citizens from evictions and repossessions.

This morning, Threshold will appear before the special Dáil committee tasked with finding solutions for the housing and homelessness crisis.

It comes as a new report shows 366 families became homeless in the first four months of the year - and there's nearly 2-thousand children in emergency accommodation.