Morning top 5: North Korea tries to launch missile; FG tops poll and RNLI tribute

The top stories this Easter Sunday

US and South Korean officials say North Korea has tried to launch a missile from its east coast.

It is believed it failed, with reports it blew up "almost immediately" after it was fired near Sinpo.

The launch attempt took place a day after a huge military parade took place in Pyongyang.

South Korea's defence ministry said in a statement: "North Korea attempted to test an unidentified type of missile from Sinpo area in the South Hamkyong Province this morning, but we suspect the launch has failed."


Fine Gael has moved ahead of Fianna Fail in the latest Sunday Times Behaviour and Attitude Poll.

Sinn Féin dropped five to 18, Labour is down one to five with the Independent Alliance also losing one to five.

Elsewhere, the Greens and Solidarity/PBP are both unchanged on two, the Social Democrats gained one to two.

The Socialist Party gained one to one, with unaligned independents up two to 10.


Polling stations have opened in Turkey's tightly contested referendum on expanding the powers of President Erdogan.

If passed, the new presidential system would dispense with the office of the prime minister.

Mr Erdogan would have direct power to appoint ministers in the most radical political shake-up in the country's recent history.


A ceremony to mark the 101st anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising will take place outside the GPO on O'Connell Street in Dublin today.

It will be led by President Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Defence Paul Kehoe.

The event will also feature Defence Force personnel, representatives of the Army, the Air Corps and the Naval Service.


An RNLI tribute will take place for the crew of Rescue 116 today.

Dunmore East, Tramore, Fethard and Kilmore Quay lifeboats along with Dunmore East Coast Guard will set sail together to lay a wreath.

A flare will be set off and a minutes silence observed to remember each of the crew and pray for the recovery of two crew members who are still missing.