Morning top 5: New report shows scale of poverty in Ireland; NASA spacecraft reaches Jupiter

The top stories this Tuesday morning...

The recession has pushed 100,000 more people into poverty here, according Social Justice Ireland.

A new report being released today has found three quarters of a million people in the Republic are now living below the poverty line.

The group says that social welfare is of critical importance in addressing poverty - without welfare more than half of Ireland's population would be living in poverty.

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Console founder Paul Kelly, his wife Patricia and his sister Joan McKenna will be given an opportunity today to respond to injunctions made against them.

In their absence last week, the High Court made a number of orders preventing them from interfering with the suicide charity and its finances.

Console’s interim CEO David Hall watched on yesterday afternoon as gardaí broke a heavy lock on a storage unit at a business park in Naas.

He had been given permission to enter by a High Court judge after a concerned member of the public told him he saw Mr Kelly and his wife make two deliveries there last week.

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A probe that has spent the last five years travelling around 2.8 billion km through space has successfully entered Jupiter's orbit.

It is the first time a spacecraft has been so close to the solar system's largest planet.

It is going to help us find out more about what Jupiter is made of - and should give scientists more information on the planet's famous Great Red Spot, a massive storm which has raged for hundreds of years.

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In the UK, Conservative party politicians will begin voting today to replace David Cameron as party leader and British prime minister.

Theresa May looks like the favourite at the moment, but the Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom has publicly received the backing of Boris Johnson for the job.

Michael Gove, Stephen Crabb and Liam Fox have also thrown their names in the hat.

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A bill will be brought before the Dáil today to provide protection for people on zero and low hours contracts.

It comes after the Dunnes Stores dispute last year, which saw workers down tools in strike over their pay and conditions.

Concerns are being raised that workers are being exploited by employers who want more flexibility.