Morning top 5: Decision due on Apple project in Athenry; Tracker mortgage customers call for action; Academy holding emergency Weinstein meeting

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A decision is due this morning on the future of Apple’s proposed €850m data centre in Athenry, County Galway.

Work was due to get underway this year but the project was delayed following a legal challenge to its planning permission.

A similar project in Denmark – originally announced alongside the Galway plans – is now close to completion and will be up and running by the end of the year.

Objectors to the project have claimed the board failed to carry out a proper environmental assessment.


Angry customers affected by the Tracker Mortgage scandal will tell their stories at the Oireachtas Finance Committee today.

They are calling for pressure to be put on the banks to pay them the compensation they are owed.

Thousands of mortgage holders were put on more expensive rates and overcharged hundreds of Euro per month for years.

It is thought as many as 15,000 mortgages were affected by the issue - but most have yet to be refunded or compensated.


The organisation behind the Oscars is to hold an emergency meeting to decide what action to take against Harvey Weinstein.

The Academy says the sex allegations against the Hollywood filmmaker are “repugnant.”

Weinstein is facing a string of sexual assault and harassment claims.

Cara Delevingne is the latest star to come forward – saying the film producer attempted to kiss and told her that if she was gay she would never make it in Hollywood.


Gardaí are appealing for witnesses as they investigate the death of a pensioner in County Monaghan.

The body of the man - who was in his 80s - was found on the roadside at Carnaveigh near Castleblaney at 4 pm yesterday.

Gardaí have spoken to the driver of a car that was found crashed nearby.

The woman - aged in her 20s - was not injured.


The Public Accounts Committee is raising questions around the failure to collect 5.3 million euro in motorway tolls last year.

eFlow - which runs the barrier-free M50 toll - wrote off the charges last year.

It says they're “uncollectable.”

The revelation is contained in Transport Infrastructure Ireland's financial statements for 2016.