Morning top 5: Catalan leader refuses to accept Spanish measures; WHO chief 'rethinking' Mugabe appointment

The top stories this Sunday morning...

The Taoiseach says he expects to see the people who were wrongly taken off tracker mortgages compensated by the banks before Christmas.

Leo Varadkar was speaking ahead of Minister Paschal Donohoe calling in the country's top bankers on Monday and Wednesday.

Up to 30,000 people may have been affected, and the Taoiseach says new taxes will be put on the banks if they do not make things right.


There has been no 'budget bounce' in the latest opinion poll.

Red C research for the Sunday Business Post has Fine Gael on 29% and Fianna Fáil on 25% - both down a point.

Sinn Féin is down two on 14%, Labour up one on 6%, and Independents up two on 12%.


Tens of thousands of Catalans have demonstrated in Barcelona after Spain's government said it would take away some of the region's autonomy.

The Prime Minister announced yesterday that the area's leaders would be dismissed and elections would be held within six months.

Regional leader Carles Puigdemont said his people will not accept the measures.


The head of the World Health Organisation says he's "rethinking" the appointment of Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador.

The African leader has long faced international sanctions over his government's human rights abuses - and the controversial appointment has sparked widespread condemnation.

Health Minister Simon Harris yesterday described the appointment as 'offensive' and 'bizarre'.


ESB Networks say around 15,000 customers were still without electricity as of last night.

While the majority are off the grid as a result of Storm Ophelia, some of the outages are due to yesterday's Storm Brian.