Morning top 5: Theresa May appointments, Console crisis and call for lower taxes

The top stories this Thursday morning...

Theresa May is set to continue hiring and firing cabinet ministers as she begins her first full day as the UK's Prime Minister.

It is anticipated that a significant proportion of the remaining top roles, which include Health Secretary and the Work and Pensions Secretary, will be given to women.

It follows the first round of cabinet appointments yesterday, which saw the surprise selection of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary.


The future of the suicide and bereavement charity Console hangs in the balance today.

Board members are expected to decide whether the charity should be wound down, after the former CEO Paul Kelly left its finances in turmoil.

Mr Kelly, and his immediate family, are accused of spending vast sums of Console's money on designer clothes and foreign holidays.


Ibec has called for lower taxes to "stay competitive" in the wake of the Brexit vote.

The business group's Budget 2017 submission said far-reaching reforms of Ireland's business and personal tax code are needed to attract investment and talent. 

It also urged the government to press ahead with plans for a modestly expansionary budget, including an additional €1 billion worth of spending increases and tax cuts.


The deputy leader of Fine Gael has accused some of those criticising his position as a proxy to question Enda Kenny's leadership.

James Reilly's re-appointment to the position came up for discussion at a meeting of the parliamentary party again last night.

It is understood TDs Jim Daly, John Paul Phelan, Brendan Griffin and John Deasy urged Taoiseach Enda Kenny to reconsider the move. 


Forensic examinations are taking place at a site in south Dublin where a human skull has been found.

A gardener made the discovery while working at a house in the Killakee area of Firhouse on Tuesday evening.

The remains, which gardaí believe may have been in the ground since the 1940s, are believed to be that of an adult aged between 18 and 40.