Morning top 5: 30,000 face pay freeze; Michael Gove campaign kicks off; and self-driving car death

The top stories this Friday morning...

Tens of thousands of teachers and gardaí are facing a wage freeze as a new public pay deal starts today.

The Lansdowne Road agreement is being brought in to replace the Haddington Road deal - but many unions have yet to sign up.

Failure to agree to the new deal will mean around 30,000 public workers will not have emergency pay cuts reversed.


Michael Gove will make the first speech of his campaign to become the leader of the Conservative party and the next British Prime Minister later.

The UK justice secretary has been accused by some Tory MPs of betraying Boris Johnson by running.

In the past he has said many times he did not want the top job.


A Sinn Féin TD says the Government is failing women in this country.

Louise O'Reilly's comments follow a highly charged debate on abortion in the Dáil last night.

Health Minister Simon Harris said he could not accept a proposed bill which would allow for terminations in the case of fatal foetal abnormalities.


The US Military has lifted the ban on transgender soilders.

US Defence Secretary Ash Carter said that by the start of October, transgender troops will be able to receive medical care and formally change their gender in the Pentagon's personnel system.

In a year's time, transgender people will be allowed to enlist if they meet required standards and have been stable in their identified gender for the past 18 months.


Authorities in America are investigating the death of a driver who was using the self-drive mode in a Tesla car.

Joshua Brown died in Florida in May after a truck turned in front of his vehicle.

It is thought the car failed to detect the white lorry against a bright sky.