Morning top 5: Emergency UN meeting to discuss Syria chemical attack; Kerry murder investigation continues; Bus Éireann talks begin

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The UN Security Council is meeting later today to discuss a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria.

The UK, France and the US have proposed a resolution to condemn the attack which killed dozens of people.

Women, children and babies are believed to be among the dead - and approximately 400 people have been injured.

The resolution calls on the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to quickly reveal its findings on the attack and "condemns in the strongest terms the use of chemical weapons" in Syria.


Talks aimed at resolving the dispute at Bus Éireann are due to take place later this morning.

SIPTU, the NBRU and Unite trade unions will sit down with company management at the Workplace Relations Commission.

However, pickets will remain on Bus Éireann depots across the country today - the 13th day of strike action over proposed cost-cutting plans.

The Minister for Transport has welcomed the attempt to resolve the ongoing dispute.


A post mortem examination is due to be carried out this morning on the body of a 74-year-old man who died after an incident in County Kerry yesterday morning.

Anthony O'Mahony, from Ardoughter, near Causeway was pronounced dead at the scene of a collision involving a car and a teleporter at Rattoo in Ballyduff.

The driver of the car - who was in his 70's - was pronounced dead at the scene - while the driver of the teleporter was uninjured.

Gardaí have said they have launched a murder investigation and a man in his 60s is being questioned at Listowel Garda station.


Over 300 jobs are being created in Dublin.

Irish IT services company, Version 1 has said the technical positions will include the areas of systems integration, cloud and data analytics.

The company already employs around 900 people between Ireland and the UK.

The Taoiseach will be on hand to officially announce the jobs – which will be filled over the next three years – this morning.


The Oireachtas committee examining the future funding of Ireland’s water infrastructure is due to meet today.

It had been reported that the committee was close to agreeing on recommendations for a final report – however a row broke out between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael yesterday.

Fine Gael has reportedly objected to the wording of an amendment to the report stating that all domestic water usage should be paid through general taxation.

The party has argued that the line contradicts other sections of the report introducing penalties for wilful wastage – and would contravene EU regulations.