Morning top 5: Homelessness figures reach new record high; Coveney favourite among ordinary Fine Gael voters; FBI investigating Kushner Russia links

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A new poll shows Simon Coveney is the favourite among ordinary Fine Gael members to take over the party.

Leo Varadkar - his rival to replace Enda Kenny - has so far had more support from Fine Gael Ministers.

But the latest stats from the MRBI Irish Times survey claim 48% of regular Fine Gael voters would like Coveney, over 44% for Varadkar.

The poll was conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week - before last night's first regional debate between the two candidates.

While the first of four regional hustings saw both candidates agreeing on a large number of issues - they were in dispute over how much of society the party would represent under each of them.


A new record high of over 7,600 people were homeless in April according to the latest figures from the Department of Housing.

The statistics - which only came to light late last night - show that more than 2,700 of these are children.

It comes as homeless charities revealed families in need of shelter are now being told to go to Garda stations due to a lack of emergency accommodation.

Anthony Flynn CEO of Inner City Helping Homeless says the record numbers are “completely unacceptable.”


President Donald Trump's son-in-law is under scrutiny by the FBI, according to some media reports in the US.

Jared Kushner, who is a senior White House advisor, is allegedly being investigated because of his interactions with the Russian ambassador to the US and a Moscow banker.

The FBI is looking into potential links between President Trump's campaign team and Russia during the 2016 elections.

Kushner is believed to be the only current White House official under consideration as a key person in the probe, the newspaper reported.


Investigations are continuing into the death of an infant in Tipperary.

A seven-month-old girl was found unresponsive in a car in Dundrum village yesterday afternoon.

She was airlifted to Hospital where she later passed away.

It's understood Gardaí are investigating the possibility she may have suffered heat stroke - as temperatures hit the mid twenties yesterday.

Her death is being treated as a tragic accident.


Police looking into the Manchester bombing are now sharing intelligence with US agencies again.

Searches are continuing across the city after 22 people were killed and hundreds injured in the attack on Monday night.

Intelligence sharing was suspended after information was leaked to American media organisations.

President Trump has condemned the leaks, calling them “deeply troubling.”