Morning top 5: Macron campaign suffers "co-ordinated hacking attack"; Local authorities accused of Traveller prejudice

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French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron's campaign team has claimed it has been the victim of a coordinated hacking attack.

It said authentic internal documents are now being mixed with fake ones on social media as part of attempts to sow "doubt and misinformation."

Voters will decide between Mr Macron and Marine Le Pen when they go to the polls on tomorrow.

8,000 French people in Ireland will vote at the French Embassy.


Local authorities are being accused of "Traveller prejudice" for failing to spend a total of over €1.2m that had been earmarked for Traveller accommodation.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council - where ten members of the Travelling community died in a fire in Carrickmines in 2015 - drew down less than a third of the funding allocated last year by the Department of Housing.

County councils in Kildare, Clare and Carlow did not spend any of the money set aside for Traveller accommodation - while city councils in Cork and Waterford only used a small portion of the available funding.

Elsewhere, Galway City Councillors are blocking plans for three new halting sites, despite severe overcrowding at an existing site in Salthill.


Over 150,000 people across Ireland took part in the annual Pieta House annual suicide awareness event this morning.

Darkness Into Light saw participants embark on a 5k symbolic walk or run - aimed at encouraging people to talk about suicide and mental health issues,

Now in its ninth year, the event kicked off at over 150 different locations around the island of Ireland - and across the world - at 4:15am this morning.

In Ireland, almost 500 people die by suicide each year and funds raised at the event keep Pieta House’s counselling services free to those in suicidal crisis, people who engage in self-harm and those bereaved by suicide.


The future of the postal service will be up for debate today.

The Irish Postmasters Union (IPU) is holding its annual conference in Westport, County Mayo this weekend.

It comes amid concerns that the company plans to close more than 200 post offices around the country.

IPU general secretary Ned O’Hara said the government needs to take action to ensure the service can become the “go-to place for help and advice on all government services.”


A Russia-backed deal to set up "de-escalation zones" in mostly opposition-held areas in Syria has come into effect.

The agreement is supported by Turkey and Iran - but opposed by rebel forces due to Tehran's involvement.

The system includes plans for armed monitors on the ground.

A monitoring group has said shelling and gunfire were heard overnight in a rebel-held area in the north-west of the country.