Morning top 5: Apple appeal deadlock, Zika risk and Florida hurricane

The headlines this Friday morning...

Cabinet will meet again this morning to try to reach an agreement over whether to appeal the Apple tax ruling.

The Independent Alliance grouping, which has yet to agree its position on the European Commission findings, failed to break a deadlock with its government colleagues yesterday.

Fine Gael ministers are determined to challenge the decision in the European courts. 


Over 2.6 billion people are at risk of Zika in parts of Africa, Asia and the Pacific, according to a new report.

Researchers found that 1.2 billion are at risk of the mosquito-borne virus in India alone.

The virus is linked to birth defects in thousands of infants across South America.


Unions representing drivers at Dublin Bus are set to meet with management at the company this afternoon.

It comes after SIPTU and NBRU announced a series of planned work stoppages next month, on September 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 23rd and 24th.

Workers are seeking a 15% wage increase over three years, in lieu of an agreed 6% pay hike that was deferred in 2009.


Donald Trump's wife has filed a libel suit against a blogger and the Daily Mail over reports alleging she worked as an "escort" in the 1990s.

Melania Trump's attorney, Charles Harder, said the reports contained several statements "that are 100% false and tremendously damaging to her personal and professional reputation".

The lawsuit was filed against Mail Media, Inc, the publisher of the Daily Mail Online, and against Webster G Tarpley, the publisher of a weblog in Montgomery County, Maryland.


Tropical Storm Hermine has strengthened into a hurricane as it heads towards Florida, forecasters have said.

The US National Hurricane Center said Hermine is located about 115 miles south-southwest of Apalachicola, Florida, carrying winds of 75 miles per hour.

It's feared the hurricane, the fourth of the 2016 Atlantic season, could eventually pack wind speeds of up to 95 miles per hour.