Morning top 5: Homeless plan revealed; Government preparing for abortion vote; Hurricane Irma continues

The top stories this Friday morning

The Government is to reveal its plan to end the homeless crisis today.

Part one will be released at the Emergency Housing Summit in Dublin's Custom House later.

The latest figures show there are more than 8,000 homeless people in this country.


One of the biggest charities working with homeless people, Merchants Quay Ireland, says the problem is ramping up addiction problems.

It wants the government to support people struggling with addiction while living in emergency accommodation.

It says counselling and detox programmes are badly needed.


Children's Minister Katherine Zappone says the Government is working hard on the wording for next year's abortion referendum.

Speaking at the opening of the Kennedy Summer School in Wexford, Minister Zappone stressed the need for 'reproductive justice' in Ireland.

She said the Taoiseach had already outlined his determination to hold the referendum before the Summer and she hoped they could meet that deadline.


Irish aid workers in Haiti are on 'lock-down' as they prepare for Hurricane Irma.

The killer storm, due to hit today, has flattened entire islands on its advance through the Caribbean towards the US.

It has caused devastating damage to Barbuda, St Martin and the Virgin Islands - and the Bahamas, Cuba, and Haiti were put on alert overnight.


A 13-year-old girl has helped save the lives of eight different people through organ donation - the highest number on record in the UK.

Jemima Layzell from Taunton in Somerset died unexpectedly in March 2012 from a brain aneurysm.

She had only spoken about being willing to donate a couple of weeks before.