Morning top 5: O'Leary pleads with pilots to remain; NRA calls for regulation; Storm Nate leaves 22 dead in Central America

The top stories this Friday morning ...

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary has pleaded with pilots to stay with the airline.

The company's facing a crisis as hundreds of pilots move to rival airlines - but in a letter to flight crews, Mr O'Leary's offered to beat the pay and conditions offered by other carriers.

In a letter to pilots, Mr O'Leary says the company will benchmark the pay of Ryanair pilots so that it exceeds the money offered by competitors like Norwegian Air.

The company has had to cancel thousands of flights as hundreds of pilots move to rival airlines, and the company struggles with a rostering failure.


One of America's most powerful pro-gun lobbying groups has called for a review of laws around devices that can turn guns into automatic weapons.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) wants authorities to look into regulating bump stock devices, which allow rapid fire.

Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock used the tool to transform his rifles into fully automated guns.

In the US Senate - minority leader Charles Schumer is challenging Donald Trump to address the issue.


Tropical Storm Nate has killed at least 22 people in Central America.

A state of emergency has been declared in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras - where more than 20 others are missing.

The storm has caused heavy rains, landslides and floods which are blocking roads, destroying bridges and damaging houses.

The storm is moving north towards the US and Mexico - where it is expected to become a hurricane before making landfall in Louisiana on Sunday.


Spain's constitutional court is trying to block the Catalan government's plan to declare independence on Monday.

It has ordered the suspension of the regional parliament session where the declaration is expected to happen.

One of the region's former presidents says he fears more violence as the political crisis deepens.

But Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is urging against trying to break away.


A book of condolence for former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave will be opened at the Mansion House in Dublin today.

Ardmhéara Mícheál Mac Donncha who offered his sympathies to the Cosgrave family will open the book from 10am to 4pm today.

It will also be open for people to pay their respects tomorrow from noon until 4pm.