Morning top 5: Alert for gas customers in the west; UK's Brexit vision; and Facebook to hand over advert info

The top stories this Friday morning

Natural gas customers in the west are being told to turn off their supply amid safety fears.

It comes after odourless gas entered the network in the Mayo/Galway area making it harder to detect a leak.

The problem affects customers in Galway City, Tuam, Headford, Ballinrobe, Claremorris, Castlebar, Westport, Crossmolina and Ballina.

Customers have been told to turn off their supply at their meter box until further notice.


The British Prime Minister Theresa May is in Florence preparing to set out her vision for Brexit.

She is expected to propose a two year transitional deal after March 2019, ahead of a permanent trade deal.

It could include payments to the EU worth €20bn.


All workers will be auto-enrolled into a pension scheme in just over three years time.

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar made the major policy announcement last night while also revealing that the Government will make zero-hour contracts illegal in this Dáil term.

He told the audience that two-thirds of private sector workers in Ireland have no pension, warning that the time bomb must be addressed now.


Facebook is to hand over the contents of some 3,000 adverts as part of an investigation into claims of interference in the US presidential election.

They are all believed to have originated from fake accounts linked to Russia.

The chief executive of the social media giant, Mark Zuckerberg, says they are working to create more transparency.


Last minute preparations are underway for the over 3,000 events planned for Culture Night.

The annual free celebration is happening in 1,500 venues nationwide this evening.

Last year around 400,000 people turned out to get their culture fix.