Morning top 5: Apollo House before the High Court; Christmas homeless; and shortest day of the year

The top stories this Wednesday morning

The High Court is due to hear an application this morning for an injunction to vacate the NAMA owned Apollo House in Dublin city.

The 10-storey building has been occupied since the end of last week by a group of campaigners and up to 30 homeless people.

The application was made by the receivers who claim the occupation is illegal and unsafe.


Almost 7,000 people will be spending Christmas Day in emergency accommodation.

The Simon Communities report being issued today also says there was a 26% increase in people turning to their organisation for support over a two year period.

The charity provides support and services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness every year.


A terrorist who killed 12 people at a Berlin Christmas market on Monday remains at large.

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack in which a lorry was driven into a crowd and left dozens injured.

Police say they are following several lines of inquiry.

A Pakistani asylum seeker was arrested but released without charge due to 'insufficient evidence'.


Vladimir Putin has ordered his secret services to tighten security for Russians at home and abroad.

It comes after the country's ambassador to Turkey was shot dead by an off-duty police officer at an art gallery in Ankara.


Today is the shortest day of the year, and also "Be Safe, Be Seen Day".

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is reminding pedestrians, cyclists and motorcylists to wear high visibility gear when on the roads.

The RSA says over a third of the 182 people killed on our roads so far this year were among these "vulnerable" road users.