Morning top 5: Appeal for mother of baby girl to come forward; Fine Gael and Independents to resume talks

The top stories this Thursday morning...

Gardaí are appealing for the mother of a baby girl, whose remains were found at a waste plant in Wicklow yesterday, to come forward.

The newborn infant was discovered by a worker at the Greenstar facililty in Fassaroe near Bray.

A post-mortem is taking place later today. Gardaí say there does not appear to be any injuries to the infant, who may have been still-born.


Talks between Fine Gael and Independents will resume later this morning, with a Programme for Government to be put on the table.

A special Dáil sitting may be called for tomorrow, to re-elect Enda Kenny as Taoiseach.

It is understood significant progress was made in key areas - including rural affairs, justice and health - with reports that talks are close to concluding.


A partial truce between the Syrian government and moderate rebels has been extended to city of Aleppo, which has seen increased violence in recent weeks.

It has been reported by US officials that there has already been a decrease in violence in the city following the implementation of the fragile truce.

The 48-hour ceasefire started last night.


A state of emergency has been declared in Alberta in Canada as a wildfire continues to threaten huge areas in the state.

Tens of thousands of people have fled their homes in the city of Fort McMurray.

Forests in Alberta have been put at risk as a result of hot temperatures and dry conditions.


Workers at Intel are bracing themselves for the worst, with expectations that 400 jobs are to be lost at the Kildare plant today.

Management at the European Headquarters in Leixlip are expected to seek voluntary redundancies as part of the company's global restructuring plan.

4,000 permanent staff are employed here in plants in Leixlip, Shannon and Cork.