Morning top 5: No pay rise for ministers; ASTI vote; and Goal CEO steps down

The top stories this Thursday morning

It seems that Government Ministers will not be getting a pay rise out of the budget after all.

They had been due to get a €12,000 boost over the next three years, as part of a pay restoration deal.

But Public Expenditure Minister Pascal Donohoe is to ask them to waive the rise after public outcry.

The Irish Independent claims that ministers' pay is to be frozen at €157,000 with no increases next year.


An investigation is underway after a man suspected of plotting a bomb attack in Germany took his own life in police custody.

Officers believe 22-year-old Jaber Albakr - a Syrian migrant - had links with the Islamic State.

He was arrested on Monday after claims he was planning to target Berlin Airport.


Industrial action is very likely amongst secondary teachers according to the ASTI.

The result of their pay ballot for new teachers is expected today, which could lead to schools closing this autumn.

They will hold a protest outside the Dáil this evening.


Former Fianna Fáil Minister Barry Andrews has stepped down the as CEO of Goal.

The resignation comes as the charity faces a US inquiry into its operations in Syria.

It has been accused of bribery on the Turkey-Syria border.

According to the Irish Times, Mr Andrews told the Goal board in August he wanted to step down as soon as a successor could be found.


Bermuda is set to be hit by a Hurricane today which could cause significant damage to the island.

Hurricane Nicole has been upgraded to a Category 4 storm - packing winds of 210 kilometres an hour.