Morning top 5: Burton to give evidence at Jobstown trial; Prison officers facing increased assaults

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The former Tánaiste Joan Burton is due to give evidence today in the so-called ‘Jobstown Seven’ trial.

Solidarity TD Paul Murphy and six others have denied falsely imprisoning her and her adviser during a water charge protest in Dublin three years ago.

The offence is one of the few crimes that can result in a life sentence.

Deputy Burton is expected to be called as one of the first prosecution witnesses when the trial resumes this morning.


The future of the new national maternity hospital will be discussed at a meeting of the St Vincent's Hospital Group today.

The Holles Street board finished a lengthy meeting last night by reaffirming its commitment to the deal.

Under the current plans Holles Street will relocate to a site beside the existing St Vincent's hospital in Elm Park in Dublin.

The Health Minister Simon Harris has called for a period of 'calm' over the plans - and has pledged to address any remaining concerns within the next few weeks.


Irish businesses are being reassured over a new tax plan launched this week by US President Donald Trump.

The US has pledged to reduce its corporate tax rate from 35% to 15% as part of a bid to encourage American companies to keep their operations at home.

A spokesman for IBEC has said that while the move could provide some competitive pressure for Ireland – it could have been worse.

Meanwhile President Trump has told the leaders of Canada and Mexico that he will not scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) but will instead look to renegotiate.


The Prison Officers Association has said that its members are facing increased danger as a result of staff reductions.

The POA claimed there have been an increased number of assaults on its members by inmates – alongside numerous examples of alleged assaults not leading to convictions.

According to an analysis undertaken by the State Claims Agency 107 prison officers will be assaulted in 2017.

The association's annual conference gets underway in Galway this morning.


A new survey has found early one in four Irish people would hide a mental health problem from their family and friends.

The research conducted by ‘See Change’ also shows that almost one in ten of us have, or have experienced, psychological difficulties.

Just over half of Irish people say they would be willing to live with someone with a mental health difficulty – while three quarters would be willing to continue a relationship with a friend who developed emotional problems.

The organisation is launching its green ribbon campaign today, which encourages people to wear the symbol throughout May, in order to raise awareness.