Morning top 5: Syria humanitarian relief; hot air balloon investigations; and Croagh Patrick pilgrimage

The top stories this Sunday morning...

It is feared only a small number of Syrians trapped in the besieged city of Aleppo have left using humanitarian corridors.

The rebel-held city is surrounded by government forces, but safe passageways were opened yesterday to allow some of the 300,000 citizens leave.

Russia says only 169 civilians have left.

Syrian opposition forces have accused the government of putting on a show.


A three-person panel will make a final ruling on which individual Russian athletes will be able to compete in Rio.

The International Olympic Committee group will consider those who have been put forward by their sports worldwide federations and approved by an independent arbitrator.

It has just six days to pass all its judgements before the opening ceremony on Friday.


A man has been charged in connection with a major drug seizure in Dublin.

The 29-year-old was arrested after almost €500,000 worth of ecstasy and cocaine was discovered on Friday in the city centre.

He is due to appear before Dublin District Court at a later date.

A second man in his 20s remains in garda custody at Store Street garda station.


In the United States there were no survivors from last night's balloon crash in Texas.

At least 16 people died when it came down in a field in Lockhart, south of Austin.

The cause of the crash has not been confirmed, but it burst into flames near high capacity electricity lines.


Over 25,000 people are expected to climb Croagh Patrick today for the annual Reek Sunday Pilgrimage.

The Mayo mountain is over 700m high and many will attempt the ascent barefoot.

The climb takes around two hours and mass will then be celebrated in the chapel at the summit.