Morning top 5: ASTI strike looms; Unilever dispute; and Michelle Obama on Trump

The top stories this Friday morning

Secondary schools could be closed within two weeks if teachers go ahead with their strike.

ASTI members voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action yesterday.

The union is unhappy with pay levels for new staff and has threatened to withdraw from supervision and substitution duties.

They will meet today to discuss their next step.


Irish supermarkets are caught in a price war with one of the worlds biggest producers of consumer goods.

Super Valu, Centra and Dunnes Stores are holding out as Unilever tries to hike prices by 19%.

The company - which is responsible for popular brands such as Lyons Tea , Flora and Persil - is trying to raise prices following a fall in the pound's value since the Brexit referendum.

A similar dispute with Tesco has been resolved.


TD Clare Daly has dismissed the warrant for her arrest as a 'distraction'.

It was issued after she failed to appear in court over a speeding ticket.

The Dublin deputy had arrived at Naas Court House, but left again after learning her case was 188th out of 188 to be heard.


US first lady Michelle Obama has described derogatory comments Donald Trump made about women more than a decade ago as 'obscene'.

The Republican presidential candidate insists it was just locker-room banter.

"This was not just a lewd conversation, this wasn't just locker-room banter - this was a powerful individual speaking freely and openly about sexually predatory behaviour."


The European Council president has warned the only way the UK can avoid a so-called 'hard' exit from the EU is by not leaving it.

In a speech, Donald Tusk said the UK cannot retain the benefits of its EU membership while blocking the free movement of people.

He also dismissed comments made by British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson during the Vote Leave campaign about cake, where he spoke of being "pro-having it and pro-eating it".

"That one can have the EU cake and eat it too: to all who believe in it, I propose a simple experiment - buy a cake, eat it and see if it is still there on the plate", he said.