Morning top 5: Investigation underway after fatal fire in Co Longford; Brendan Dassey conviction overturned

The top stories this Saturday morning...

Gardaí are investigating a fatal fire in Longford.

Emergency services were called to a house at Ballinalee at around 8pm last night.

A man in his eighties was found dead at the scene.

His remains have been removed to Mullingar mortuary, where a post mortem is expected to be carried out.


Trade union leaders are to meet early next week to plan a campaign of industrial action at Dublin Bus, over a long-running pay row.

Yesterday, drivers attached to SIPTU voted overwhelmingly in favour of action - which could cause chaos for passengers in the coming weeks.

Dublin Bus has issued a statement saying it's "extremely disappointed" and called on its staff not to engage in any action that could affect customers or the company.


A prisoner whose case was featured the US documentary Making a Murderer has had his conviction overturned.

Brendan Dassey confessed to helping his uncle carry out the rape and murder of a 25-year-old woman in 2005 - when he was 16.

However, his lawyers said his confession was coerced.

A court in Wisconsin has ordered the 26-year-old to be freed within 90 days unless an appeal is lodged.


A multi-billion pound funding gap to British industries will be plugged by the UK's Treasury once the country leaves the EU.

The British chancellor is guaranteeing finance for certain projects currently backed by the union.

Last week, experts warned that UK faced a recession after the first snapshot of business activity since the vote showed it had been knocked sharply off course by the result.


Team Ireland's Ciara Mageean is through to the semi-finals of the Women's 1,500 metres in Rio.

In her first Olympics, the Irish athlete put in an assured performance to finish second behind reigning world champion Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia.

Mageean put in a time of 4:11.51.