Morning top 5: Defence Forces to arrive in Donegal; US prepares for Hurricane Harvey

The top stories this Friday morning...

Defence Forces personnel are to be deployed in Donegal following severe flooding in the county.

An inter-agency meeting will be held in Dublin this morning to coordinate the national response, which is expected to cost millions of euro.

Minister Joe McHugh said that efforts by Donegal County Council to estimate the damage yesterday showed that "the picture was getting progressively worse".


Preparations are under way in Texas and Louisiana for the arrival of Hurricane Harvey.

The storm is expected to bring 135 km/h winds, and could be the most powerful to hit the US mainland since Hurricane Katrina.


Florida's executed its first death row inmate in more than 18 months - using a drug that's never been used in a lethal injection before in the US.

It included the anaesthetic etomidate - which replaces the controversial midazolam.

Mark James Asay, 53, is said to be the first white inmate to be executed for killing a black man in the state since 1979.


A man is in a critical condition in hospital following a farm accident in Offaly.

His 11-year-old son was also injured in the incident in Shinrone last evening.


Survivors of the Magdalene laundries will be remembered this morning.

A rally is being held in Dublin to highlight the unfulfilled promises of the redress scheme.

It has been four years since then Taoiseach Enda Kenny made an emotional apology to the victims in the Dáil.