Morning top 5: Garda strike looms; OCI probe suspended; and teachers industrial dispute

The top stories this Thursday morning...

Rank and file gardaí say only a 'substantial' pay rise will make them call off tomorrow's strike.

Their reps have been at the Labour Court overnight trying to reach a last minute deal - but there is little progress so far.

The GRA has agreed to at least allow members to vote on any recommendations the court may make.

However a 3% pay hike has already been rejected.


The group representing middle-ranking officers is due at the Labour Court today.

Over 2,000 of its members are also threatening to walk off the job tomorrow.

But last night the AGSI appeared to soften its approach by praising the Taoiseach.

It said Enda Kenny's call for gardaí to have access the WRC and the Labour Court was a 'victory' for them.


Elsewhere teachers are trying to solve their own industrial dispute.

17,000 of them working in secondary schools are to withdraw from supervision and substitution duties after the mid-term.

The ASTI is due to meet with officials from the Department of Education today.


A review by the Olympic Council of Ireland into a ticketing scandal at this year's Rio Olympics has been delayed amid the threat of an injunction from Pat Hickey.

The OCI says the review by Grant Thornton has been postponed pending the conclusion of criminal proceedings against Mr. Hickey in Brazil.

The OCI Executive Committee received a letter from Mr Hickey's lawyers, in which he threatened to make an application to the High Court for an injunction preventing the completion of the review.


Donald Trump claims there is a conspiracy to keep him from the White House, with the media favouring Hillary Clinton.

The US election is less than a week away and a new poll suggests the Republican and Democratic candidates are now neck-and-neck.

Barack Obama has told Hillary Clinton supporters her rival Donald Trump is not equipped to replace him as US president.