Morning top 5: Number of people hospitalised after Dublin fire; TDs hear claims about Grace's foster home

The top stories this Wednesday morning...

The Dáil has heard claims that the foster family at the centre of the Grace case still had children in its care until 2015.

Grace was withdrawn from the home in 2009 over fears of alleged sexual abuse at the home in the south-east.

The claims were made in the Dáil last night by Independents4Change TDs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly.

A final vote on the terms of reference for the 'Grace' inquiry was last night deferred until today.


A number of people are understood to have been hurt in a fire overnight in Dublin.

The alarm was raised at half past two this morning at an apartment complex on Kilcronan Avenue in Clondalkin.

According to Dublin Fire Brigade, a number of casualties were removed to hospital.


Donald Trump's new travel ban faces another court challenge later.

The state of Hawaii says it wants a temporary restraining order on the US President's law - which is due to come into effect next week.

The revised order looks to ban people from six mostly Muslim countries from entering the United States for 90 days.


A number of events are taking place today in protest against Ireland's abortion laws.

Activists 'Strike 4 Repeal' are staging a ‘strike’ at noon, urging women to wear black to work and organise lunchtime walkouts.

Meanwhile, the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth is staging a major protest march through Dublin City this evening.


The Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan is joining talks at Stormont today, as efforts continue to revive the power sharing executive.

The Northern Secretary James Brokenshire is also involved in today's negotiations between the political parties.

Yesterday, Sinn Féin cut short a meeting with Mr Brokenshire, accusing him of "waffle".