Morning top 5: Dáil to debate Apple appeal; Syrian government accused of chlorine gas attack

The top stories this Wednesday morning...

The Dáil is being recalled today to debate the Government's decision to appeal the Apple tax ruling.

Opposition TDs are still furious they have not been given the full European Comission ruling, but with Fianna Fáil support the Government motion will pass in a vote tonight.

The decision coincides with the visit of the European Council President Donald Tusk.

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A new survey shows 90% of social care workers have experienced violence in the workplace.

Social Care Ireland has carried out research which also shows that 75% experienced physical assaults - some on a daily basis.

The organisation - which is launching the report today - says the situation means the most vulnerable are not getting the vital services they need.

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The Syrian government has been accused of using helicopters to drop barrel bombs of chlorine gas on the city of Aleppo.

Rescue workers say more than 80 people have been left with severe breathing difficulties, many of them children.

A recent UN report found the Assad regime guilty of repeatedly using chemical weapons on its own people.

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Rank and file gardaí are being balloted on whether they would be willing to take industrial action over pay.

The vote is being organised by the Garda Representative Association (GRA).

Gardaí are not legally permitted to take part in strikes or industrial disputes.

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Pat Hickey has refused to answer questions for detectives investigating the alleged ticket touting controversy.

The public prosecutor's office in Rio yesterday laid formal charges against Mr Hickey and THG executive Kevin Mallon.

The indictment includes charges of "supplying tickets for the purpose of touting", false advertising, fraud, and tax evasion.