Morning top 5: Controversy over Máire Whelan appointment continues; angry protests in London after tower fire

The top stories this Saturday morning...

The Taoiseach and his Transport Minister appear to be at odds over the row surrounding the nomination of outgoing Attorney General Máire Whelan to the Court of Appeal.

Leo Varadkar moved to end controversy over the appointment yesterday, insisting correct procedures were followed, but at the same time, Minister Shane Ross was calling for a review.

Fianna Fáil has described the appointment as an example of “stroke politics” and it's been widely criticised by opposition leaders.


There have been angry protests in London as people demand support for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

Police have confirmed 30 people are known to have died in the blaze, but it's feared that could rise further.

The British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced almost €6 million is being made available to pay for emergency supplies for everyone affected.


A funeral will be held later for Seamus Ruddy - one of the "Disappeared" victims of the troubles in Northern Ireland.

The remains of the 32-year-old teacher from County Down were discovered near Rouen in northern France last month.

Mr Ruddy was abducted in Paris then killed and buried by republican paramilitary group the INLA in 1985.


Seven US Navy sailors are reportedly missing after their destroyer crashed with a container ship near Japan.

The Japanese Coast Guard says one person has suffered a head injury and has been rescued by helicopter.

It's thought at least three compartments on the USS Fitzgerald are flooded.


After four years of construction, tests are getting underway on the new Luas Cross City route in Dublin city centre this morning.

The new line is expected to bring in an additional 10 million passengers a year once up and running from December.

The tests will see the trams travel from St Stephen's Green to College Green and on to O'Connell Street.