Morning top 5: Bangladesh commandos storm hostage restaurant; appeal for witnesses after Dublin shooting

The top stories this Saturday morning

Two big explosions have been heard from inside a restaurant in Bangladesh's capital, where around 35 hostages were being held, including foreigners.

It is reported at least six gunmen have been killed and 13 hostages rescued from the building in Dhaka.

Islamic State has claimed to be behind the attack.


Gardaí in Dublin are appealing for witnesses to a murder in the city centre yesterday afternoon.

A 53-year-old man was shot a number of times at around 4.15pm, as he stood in the doorway of a shop on Bridgefoot Street in the city centre.

He was later pronounced dead in St James's Hospital.


The founder of the Jack and Jill foundation says controversy over funding at Console will do significant damage to the charity sector.

Paul Kelly resigned as the CEO of the suicide-prevention charity over financial irregularities at the organisation.

Yesterday, lawyers for Mr Kelly and his wife Patricia confirmed they could not be contacted when they attempted to serve injunctions preventing the couple from accessing charity bank accounts.


85% of Irish people believe that EU unity is a strength.

The survey, on the attitudes of EU citizens, shows that Irish people have a more positive view of the union when compared with those in other member states, where the average lies at 74%.

However, the Eurobarometer study shows that EU citizens are unhappy with the way that the union deals with issues such as unemployment, and the fight against terrorism.


A demonstration in Dublin is expected to bring traffic to a standstill in the city centre this afternoon, in protest at the rising cost of car insurance premiums.

6,000 cars are expected to take part in a protest around Leinster House and Merrion Square from noon today.

Opposition TDs are due to address the rally, over claims that car insurance premiums have increased by up to 60% over the past three years.