Morning top 5: Cleanup begins in earnest after Storm Ophelia; Luas services not operating this morning

The top stories this Tuesday morning...

The cleanup from Ophelia begins in earnest this morning, after the country was hammered by the storm.

Three people lost their lives as a result of separate incidents during the storm, with hundreds of thousands of people left without power.

Members of the National Emergency Coordination Group will meet at 10am, when they will start assessing how much damage Ophelia has done.


Public transport is starting to return to normal, with the exception of Dublin’s Luas which will not be operating this morning.

Schools remain shut today, but universities and third level institutions are starting to reopen.

Around 300,000 people are still without power this morning in the wake of Ophelia, with ESB saying it could take days to fully restore power to all affected areas.


Wildfires raging in Portugal and north-western Spain have killed at least 39 people.

Around 100 separate areas are burning across the region.

Portugal's government has asked for international help and declared a state of emergency across the northern half of the country.


Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker have agreed "efforts should accelerate" over Brexit negotiations.

Following a working dinner in Brussels on Monday night, the British Prime Minister and European Commission President described a "constructive and friendly" exchange as they prepared for a crunch EU summit this week.

Mrs May made the previously unannounced trip to meet Mr Juncker as Brexit talks remain deadlocked over key divorce issues, including the UK's financial settlement.


Ireland will mark the UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty today.

The public are being asked to take 5 minutes at exactly 11.17am to pay homage to all those who are stuck in poverty.

The UN calls it 'man-made violence' and will hold events throughout the world later.