Morning top 5: FF and FG level in support, GSOC investigates crash and lightning strikes in Europe

The top stories this Sunday morning...

A new poll in today's Sunday Business Post shows an increase in support for Labour under new leader Brendan Howlin.

The latest Red C poll indicates the party is up by 2% since the last poll was taken in mid-March, bringing the party to 6%.

Fianna Fáil is now as popular as Fine Gael, with both parties tied at an approval rating of 26%.


Garda watchdog GSOC has confirmed it is investigating a fatal crash in Co Meath on Friday night.

A woman in her 20s was killed and four others were injured in the two-car collision in Duleek on the N2 Dublin to Slane Road.

The vehicle involved in the crash was being pursued by gardaí at the time of the incident, according to GSOC.


Irish plans for health warnings on alcohol products have been opposed by several EU countries. 

Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania and Spain have all expressed concern about Ireland's Public Health Alcohol Bill.

Under the legislation, all alcoholic drinks must carry health warnings and calorie labelling. Ireland has until the end of July to issue a response to their objections. 


The LÉ Róisín has rescued 347 people in three operations in the Mediterranean.

Some 123 migrants were rescued by the Irish naval service from a 12-metre-long rubber vessel off the Libyan coast near Tripoli yesterday.

A further 224 migrants were transferred to the ship by German and Italian naval services earlier in the day. 

At least 13,000 people have now been rescued from the Mediterranean in the last week, according to Italian authorities. 


One man has been killed and dozens of people, including children, have been taken to hospital as lightning strikes hit parts of Europe, including a park in Paris and a football pitch in Germany.

In southern Poland, a man in his 40s was killed when he was struck by lightning as he descended the Babia Gora mountain, while a total of 33 people were treated after a bolt hit a pitch in western Germany.

The incidents came on the same day as a lightning strike at a children's birthday party in a Parisian park left 11 people in hospital, including at least two in a life-threatening condition.