Morning top 5: Industrial action on the cards at Irish Rail; Ryanair facing action over new cancellations; Hefner dead at 91

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Travel chaos could be on the cards with staff at Irish Rail to be balloted for Industrial action next month.

It comes after pay talks broke down without agreement at the WRC last night.

Unions were seeking a pay rise of around 4% - but say the company wants to add a number of conditions.

General Secretary of the NBRU Dermot O'Leary has warned of an all-out-strike.


Ryanair is facing "enforcement action" for not giving customers accurate information about their rights after hundreds of flight cancellations.

18,000 further services have been ditched due to a lack of pilots.

Britain's Civil Aviation Authority has demanded a meeting with the carrier - and may take legal action.

Here at home, Fianna Fáil's Robert Troy wants Michael O'Leary to appear before the Oireachtas Transport Committee.


Changes to the Fair Deal nursing home scheme should protect the assets of business owners and farm families.

Next month's Budget will introduce a cap on their contributions.

The Irish Independent reports that the plan still needs to be approved by the Attorney General.


Gardaí have released a man being questioned over a 30 year old triple murder in Kildare.

20-year-old Barbara Doyle and her two nieces died in a house fire in Kilcock in 1987.

She had been babysitting when the fire broke out. Gardaí believe it was started deliberately.

A man arrested on Tuesday was released without charge last night.


Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has died aged 91.

The company says he passed away peacefully at his home, the Playboy Mansion in LA, surrounded by loved ones.

He set up the men's monthly in 1953.

Last year it stopped featuring nude models, an idea which was backed by Hefner.