Morning top 5: Baby killed in Dublin; Birmingham pub bombing apology; and optimistic consumers

The top stories this Tuesday morning...

A garda investigation is underway after a 3-year-old boy was stabbed to death at the Riverside apartment block in Dublin.

Emergency services were called to the scene in the Poddle Park area of Kimmage at around 7.00pm yesterday evening.

A woman in her 40s was taken to St James's Hospital with knife wounds.


Relatives of those killed in the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings have rejected an apology over the IRA attack as 'gutless and spineless'.

69-year-old Michael Hayes was questioned about the bombings but refused to comment on his role.

But he has told a special BBC documentary that the unit that carried out the attack had never intended for people to die.


A man in his 40s remains in garda custody after what appears to have been a gun was produced on a southside DART in Dublin.

The weapon was pointed at a passenger at around 3.00pm yesterday afternoon as customers looked on.

The alarm was raised and the train stopped at Tara Street Station where armed gardaí were waiting.


Irish consumers appear more optimistic about the economy.

The latest KBC Bank-ESRI index shows consumer sentiment is at its highest level since February 2016.

The report shows people are less worried about the impact of Brexit.


Last week there were warnings about gonorrhoea becoming potentially untreatable, but a vaccine could now offer new protection.

New Zealand scientists, who used a meningitis treatment, found cases fell by nearly a third in those who took the jab.

Officials are worried about gonorrhoea, because some strains are becoming drug-resistant.