Morning top 5: New Stormont deadline looms; housing crisis and Trump defends his tweets

The top stories this Sunday morning

The Stormont talks on power-sharing in the north are back on a knife-edge.

A series of deadlines to find a way to restore devolution have been missed and the latest, for Monday, appears to be in jeopardy too.

The sticking points between Sinn Féin and the DUP include demands for an Irish Language Act, marriage equality and a way to deal with the legacy of the North's violent past.


Childrens' charity Barnardos is calling on the Government to take a more aggressive approach to the ever deepening housing crisis.

Their call follows this week's revelation that almost 3,000 children are now living in Ireland in emergency accommodation.

The Government vowed to end by July the use of hotels and B&Bs as long-term accommodation for homeless families - but admitted they would miss that deadline.


The retired judge heading up the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower tragedy is being urged to widen its scope.

Martin Moore-Bick has suggested its focus would likely be limited to what caused the fire, why it spread and how it could be prevented in future.

But campaigners want the report to look at events leading up to the disaster.


Donald Trump has defended his use of social media in a series of tweets.

The US president has accused the "fake and fraudulent media" for suggesting he should not use sites like Twitter.

He describes his use of the sites as "modern day presidential".


Members of the public are being praised for raising the alert after a number of youths got cut off by the tide on Friday evening.

They while walking on Galway's Hare Island.

The young men in their late teens were picked up by an RNLI Lifeboat after a number of people spotted they were in difficulty and contacted the Lifeboat station at Galway Docks.