Morning top 5: Dublin Bus strike; TDs approve Apple appeal; and Tusla's decision under the spotlight

The top stories this Thursday morning...

A two day Dublin Bus strike began at midnight with more than 400,000 commuters expected to be affected.

Drivers have been picketing at bus depots across Dublin since 5.00am.

The buses stopped at 9.00pm last night and hundreds of thousands of commuters have to make different plans to get to work this morning.

Unions and management are still pretty far apart on any deal to end the strike - with more stoppages planned over the next two weeks.


TDs have voted in favour of plans to appeal the Apple tax ruling.

Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, Labour and the Independent Alliance joined forces to back the appeal last night.

It was after Michael Noonan admitted to the Dáil he could not say how much it would cost.


Tusla's decision to return two children to their family amid serious abuse allegations will come under the spotlight today.

The Child and Family Agency has been ordered to appear before a High Court judge to explain the reasoning behind its decision.

The children were taken into care in 2012 over concerns about parental neglect, violence and substance abuse.


A man has died in hospital after being pulled from the water off the Galway coast.

Rescuers looking for a missing fisherman recovered the man yesterday evening following a major sea and air search operation.

The alarm was raised after a small fishing vessel was found running - but empty - off the coast near Oranmore yesterday afternoon.


One in 10 Irish school children has serious difficulty with reading or writing.

This figure is as high as one in three in some disadvantaged schools.

Today is International Literacy Day and the charity Suas Educational Development is launching a campaign to tackle literacy difficulties.

The "ABC One in Three" Campaign encourages businesses play an active role in improving literacy, by mentoring school children and providing learning resources.