Morning top 5: Huge fire engulfs London apartment block; Varadkar to be elected as Taoiseach

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There are fears people are trapped or missing after a huge fire at a tower block in west London.

Flames tore through 26 of the building's 27 floors.

200 firefighters are at the scene near White City, and smoke can be seen for miles across the capital.

Ambulances have taken 30 people to five hospitals.


Fine Gael Leo Varadkar is set to be elected Taoiseach today - with an even smaller majority than Enda Kenny.

He'll be nominated by the Dáil this lunchtime, and will announce the members of his new cabinet this evening.

When elected, Varadkar will be elected the youngest ever Taoiseach.

He'll secure at least 58 votes in the Dáil and with Fianna Fáil abstaining that will guarantee him victory.

In one of Varadkar's last acts as Social Protection Minister he's announced an increase to the Direct Provision Allowance for asylum seekers and the children's Back to School Allowance.


It's emerged the government's own legal advisor was given a high-paying job as a judge - without applying for it.

Maire Whelan, the Attorney General, was chosen for a vacant seat on the Court of Appeal at yesterday's cabinet meeting.

But it's been confirmed that Whelan's name was not put forward by the official state body responsible for scrutinising judges.

Ms Whelan will earn a salary of over €180,000  a year in her new role.


Body parts found in the Wicklow Mountains belong to a mother in her late 50s.

There are reports this morning that she may have gone missing from South Dublin earlier this month.

The motive for her killing remains unclear but it's thought she died in the past week or so.

A man in his 30s was arrested in Wexford yesterday.


Ariana Grande is being made an honorary citizen of Manchester for organising a fundraising concert after last month's terror attack at her gig.

The City Council wants to recognise her for the One Love event - which featured stars including Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Coldplay.

It raised millions for survivors and families of the 22 people who died in the attack at Manxhester Arena.