Morning top 5: Homeless woman dies in Cork; fire audits to be carried out at up to 25 schools

The top stories this Saturday morning...

A 30-year-old homeless woman has died after being found in a tent near Cork city.

The woman was discovered at Gilabbey Park yesterday morning, and was taken to Cork University Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

It comes as the Taoiseach has admitted the government is struggling to get ahead of the homelessness crisis, after two homeless people died in Dublin and Kildare earlier this week.


The Department of Education is to carry out fire audits of up to 25 schools built in the last 20 years.

It comes after safety breaches were discovered during inspections of 5 primary schools in Dublin, Wicklow and Westmeath

The schools in question were built under a rapid build scheme in 2008, which has prompted the Department to carry out the additional audits.


The US President is asking Congress for nearly $8bn in initial funding for disaster relief to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

39 people are known to have died in the US state of Texas - and officials estimate that in Houston alone at least 156,000 homes have been damaged by flooding.

Donald Trump is expected to meet survivors in the city later today.


Met Éireann has issued two separate rainfall warnings for a number of counties around the country.

A status orange warning is in place for Cork, Kerry and Waterford from noon, with rain set to turn heavy and persistent.

A separate status yellow warning will be in effect for Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow, Galway, Clare, Limerick and Tipperary from 3pm.


It's day two of Electric Picnic, with all roads leading to Stradbally this weekend.

The county Laois festival is expected to escape much of today's rain - but festival-goers are still advised to bring their ponchos and rain gear.