Morning top 5: Labour Court to issue Irish Rail recommendation; Independent Alliance ditches North Korea plan

The top stories this Friday morning...

Fianna Fáil says people have lost all confidence in the banks' approach to the tracker mortgage scandal.

It follows yesterday's revelations by Bank of Ireland that an extra 6,000 customers will now be compensated - taking the number affected at the lender to 10,300.

Fianna Fáil's finance spokesperson Michael McGrath says there must be accountability over why the numbers involved have changed so dramatically, so late in the day.


The Labour Court has agreed to issue a recommendation on the Irish Rail dispute later today.

The latest round of talks between management and unions ended last night.

The group of unions at Irish Rail will meet to consider the court's findings as soon as they are available.

It comes ahead of the next planned 24-hour work stoppage next Tuesday.


The EU Commission says a hard border can only be avoided if Northern Ireland stays in the single market after Brexit.

A position paper sent by the EU to the British government and reported by the Financial Times says the North should also stay in the customs union.

The paper suggests this is the only way that the common travel area can be maintained and the Good Friday Agreement protected.


The Independent Alliance has officially ditched plans to visit North Korea.

Confirmation of the decision came from Transport Minister Shane Ross, speaking to RTE.

Minister Ross, and his Independent Alliance colleagues John Halligan and Finian McGrath were planning a "peace-building mission" to the rogue state - but the idea met with widespread ridicule.


A film premiere planned for later has been cancelled in New York, as more allegations of sexual misconduct emerge about one of its stars.

Five women are reported to have made claims against US comedian Louis CK, according to the New York Times.

The Emmy-winner's publicist says he will issue a written statement "in the coming days", while the New York premiere of his new film I Love You, Daddy has been called off.