Morning top 5: Children in Direct Provision describe unsafe conditions; Government to unveil climate change strategy; tragedy in Roscommon

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Children in the Direct Provision system in Ireland have described it as unsafe.

A University College Cork report conducted for the government has lifted the lid on the experiences of young asylum seekers between the ages of 8 and 17.

They say the accommodation is "overcrowded" and "dirty" and they feel intimidated sharing facilities with older men.

People live in Direct Provision centres while they await decision on their asylum applications.


A small community in Co Roscommon is in shock this morning, following the drowning of a teenager in the River Shannon.

The 17-yeard-old Longford local lost his life in an incident at a marina in Tarmonbarry yesterday afternoon.

His friends efforts to save him were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Local man Tom Crosbie, who developed the marina, says the community's been hit hard by the tragedy.


The Government's National Mitigation Plan aimed at reducing pollution will be launched later today.

It is expected to outline the steps which need to be taken to fulfil the transition to a low-carbon, environmentally sustainable economy.

Ireland has an EU obligation to reduce its carbon emissions by 30% before 2030.

Friends of the Earth Ireland director Oisin Coghlan said the plan needs to see new policies and measures across all sectors of the economy to reduce Ireland’s planet pollution.


A protest is being planned in Galway's Eyre Square this afternoon over ambulance cover for the West.

A Connemara campaign group claim their human rights are being violated over a lack of vital services.

Patricia Keane from the Ambulance Crisis Group says patients often have to wait two to three hours for an ambulance.

The group is meeting at 2pm with a clear message for the Health Minister over what they believe is an unacceptable problem.


It has emerged that Donald Trump had a second - previously undisclosed - conversation with his Russian counterpart earlier this month.

According to reports, President Trump had spent about an hour talking "privately and animatedly" with Mr Putin.

Some people see it as a break in protocol - but the US President says it is "fake news" to claim he and Vladimir Putin had a "secret dinner" at the G20 summit.

It is claimed a Russian translator was the only other person there for the chat.