Morning top 5: North Korea details plan to strike Guam; figures show long hospital waiting times for over 75s

The top stories this Thursday morning...

North Korea says it will have a fully developed plan for striking Guam with intermediate range missiles by mid-August.

A state media report suggests the US territory could be attacked by four missiles - and Kim Jong Un will be able to decide whether to proceed within days.

Yesterday, US defence secretary James Mattis urged North Korea to stop any actions that "would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people".


Almost 6,000 people over the age of 75 have spent more than 24 hours in emergency departments.

The HSE figures are being highlighted by Fianna Fáil's Billy Kelleher, who described the situation as "not acceptable".

The latest figures come as statistics from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) show almost 58,000 people were waiting for a bed at hospitals in the first 7 months of the year.


Molly and Tomas Martens have spent their first night behind bars after being found guilty of murdering Jason Corbett.

The Limerick man's wife and her father were yesterday sentenced to a minimum of 20 years in prison.

Mr Corbett's sister Tracey Lynch said they will do everything they can to honour Jason's memory.


The result of a tendering competition for 10% of Dublin Bus routes will be announced later this morning.

The 23 routes all serve outer suburbs of the greater Dublin area and do not go into the city centre.

It is understood Dublin Bus, Luas operator Transdev and a number of British bus companies are among the operators who applied for the franchise.


A man in his 20s died after the motorcycle he was driving collided with a car in County Cork yesterday evening.

The crash happened at Lackenroe in Glanmire at around 6pm.

The man – aged in his 20s – was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was removed to Cork University Hospital.