Morning top 5: 54 dead after earthquake hits Indonesia; Health Minister to discuss Orkambi costs with European counterparts

The top stories this Wednesday morning...

At least 54 people have been killed and dozens more are missing after a strong earthquake hit the north of Indonesia.

The 6.4 magnitude quake hit the Aceh province in the early hours - causing dozens of buildings to collapse and injuring hundreds.

Authorities say at least five aftershocks were felt afterwards.


Unions at Bus Éireann will meet later to decide their next move in a long running row over reform of the company.

The firm is expected to record multi million euro losses at the end of this year after losing over €5m in 2015.

Last night unions met with the Labour Court while Minister for Transport Shane Ross said Bus Éireann is in a critical financial situation.

The NBRU's Dermot O'Leary says the situation has been allowed develop for too long.


The Minister for Health is set to raise the cost of a life-saving drug with his European counterparts today.

Cystic fibrosis sufferers will also hold a protest in Dublin later calling on the Government and HSE to fund Orkambi.

The manufacturer - Vertex - wants to charge authorities over €150,000 a year per patient for the drug.


The boss of the airline involved in last week's plane crash in Colombia is being questioned by officials.

He and two other employees have been held for questioning by prosecutors in Bolivia.

The disaster killed 71 people - including 19 from one football team - when the plane apparently ran out of fuel.


Virgin Media says its engineers have resolved the issue that left customers without phone & broadband services last night.

Hundreds of people took to Twitter to highlight the problem, which lasted for several hours.

The network said the issue had been resolved shortly after midnight.