Morning top 5: Government Dáil defeat, bankers' trial and flight cancellations

The headlines this Thursday morning...

The government has lost its first vote in the new Dáil term.

Fine Gael and its independent allies were defeated last night after putting forward an amendment to a Labour Party motion on workers' rights.

The Labour proposal to increase to the minimum wage, end so-called "if and when" contracts and tackle bogus self-employment was passed, while the government counter-motion was defeated by 78 votes to 58. 


The jury in a conspiracy to defraud trial will resume its deliberations this morning in relation to two former bankers at Irish Life & Permanent.

Yesterday, two former Anglo Irish Bank executives were found guilty of the charge and remanded on continuing bail until tomorrow.

Former finance director Willie McAteer and former head of capital markets John Bowe were convicted of conspiring to defraud by misleading Anglo’s investors and depositors.


Luas drivers will today be balloted on Labour Court proposals aimed at ending the long-running pay dispute on the tram service.  

The court has recommended wage increases of 15.6% to 18.3% for drivers between now and September 2020, and advised against a half-hour increase to the working day.

Work stoppages planned for today and tomorrow were called off earlier this week to allow SIPTU members to consider the recommendations.


Passengers across Europe face disruption today as industrial action continues in France.

Some 75 Ryanair flights have been cancelled as air traffic controllers teak to picket lines. 

Flights in, out and over France have been grounded, with delays expected to spill over into the weekend.


A Canadian tourist has been found safe and well, two days after he was reported missing in Dublin.

John Philip Ellis (61) disappeared off the main street in Swords on Monday afternoon.

He was located in a hotel in Drogheda yesterday and was reunited with his family late last night.