Morning top 5: New measures announced to tackle harassment in arts sector; Irish Rail talks to take place at Labour Court

The top stories this Thursday morning...

The Culture Minister has announced measures to tackle sexual harassment and abuse of power in the arts sector.

Heather Humphreys is to set up workshops teaching senior staff how to deal with the issue.

She is also going to personally meet with theatre heads and the Arts Council.

It comes after the former director of the Gate Theatre Michael Colgan faced allegations of inappropriate behaviour.


Management and unions at Irish Rail are heading for the Labour Court this morning.

They will be attempting to resolve the pay dispute at the company that has resulted in two days of work stoppages, with three further strikes planned over the coming weeks.

Unions have expressed pessimism about the chances of a deal.


Small town Ireland is continuing to feel the worst effects of the recession.

That's according to a new report that identifies the richest and poorest communities in Ireland.

The Pobal HP Deprivation Index says rural towns with populations under 5,000 are benefitting less from the economic recovery.


Donald Trump says he and his Chinese counterpart both think there's a solution to the North Korea issue.

The US President and Xi Jinping have been holding talks in Beijing.

Speaking at a business event, Mr Trump said: "China can fix this problem easily and quickly and I am calling on China and your great president to hopefully work on it very hard."


Barack Obama has reported for jury duty.

The former US president registered earlier in Chicago, where he and his wife Michelle still own a home.

Chief judge of the Cook County Circuit Court said his appearance set a good example - saying if he could take time to come, anybody should be willing to.