Morning top 5: Former Israeli president Shimon Peres dies aged 93; GRA executives to discuss pay proposal

The top stories this Wednesday morning...

Former Israeli president Shimon Peres has died at the age of 93, two weeks after suffering a stroke.

Doctors had said Mr Peres had made some progress but his condition deteriorated rapidly on Tuesday.

His key role in the first Israeli-Palestinian accord earned him a Nobel Peace Prize.


Rank and file gardaí could reach a decision today on whether to take industrial action.

Executives from the GRA union will meet to discuss a pay proposal from the Department of Justice.

It is hoped the offer, which sees the return of increments, could stave off a strike - but GRA President Ciaran O'Neill says there are no guarantees.


The Dáil will debate another motion from Sinn Féin this afternoon to scrap water charges.

However it will be defeated in a vote tomorrow as Fianna Fáil is refusing to back it.

The party says the Sinn Féin motion is 'play acting' as only legislation from Government and not such a motion can scrap the charges.


Dublin Bus unions are hopeful that talks with management will be productive, as they enter their third day today.

They lasted for around eight hours yesterday and could continue for several more days.

11 strike days are still planned for October - the first of which clashes with the All-Ireland football final replay on Saturday.


An international team of prosecutors will today present its findings on MH17, the Malaysian Airlines flight downed by a missile over Ukraine in 2014.

The flight was hit during a flight between Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur on 17 July, killing 298 people on board, most of them Dutch citizens.