Morning top 5: Ibrahim Halawa released from prison; weather warnings issued ahead of Storm Brian

The top stories this Friday morning...

Ibrahim Halawa was released from custody in Cairo overnight.

It comes a month after he was cleared of all charges connected to mass protests in Cairo in August 2013.

Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney says there are some formalities to complete before Ibrahim can fly home.


The country is bracing itself for Storm Brian.

A status yellow rainfall warning affecting Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Waterford comes into effect from 9am this morning.

The worst of the storm is due to reach our shores early tomorrow morning, when a status orange wind warning will be in place.


Industrial action at Irish Rail could be back on the cards, after last night's collapse of talks at the WRC.

Management say they offered a 1.75% pay rise, based on new productivity measures.

But the offer was rejected by the unions, who want a no-strings-attached increase.


There will be extra speeding checks on roads across the country today, starting at 7am.

It comes as part of a bid to get drivers to slow down, and to make our roads safer.

Chief Superintendent Finbarr Murphy said: "Please stick strictly to the posted speed limit, but if the road, traffic or especially weather conditions dictate...reduce your speed even further."


The LAPD is the latest police force to confirm it is investigating an allegation against Harvey Weinstein.

Detectives in Los Angeles have interviewed a potential victim of sexual assault involving the producer.

The force says the allegation dates back to 2013 and that the investigation is ongoing.