Morning top 5: 'Petya' ransomware attack; new fire task force; and Hillsborough charges

The top stories this Wednesday morning

At least three multinationals based in Ireland have been hit by the worldwide 'Petya' ransomware attack.

The virus started in Ukraine and has spread across the world - affecting banks, government IT systems and energy companies.

Here the pharmaceutical company MSD, Danish shipping giant Maersk and the ad agency WPP have all been victims.


A new task force has been created to carry out an assessment of Ireland's fire safety systems, in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

It consists of senior reps from national and local government as well as Dublin's Chief Fire Officer.

Announcing the task force, Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy said tests are being extended countrywide on cladding on residential buildings over six storeys.


Venezuela's Supreme Court has been attacked from a police helicopter.

Four grenades were fired at the building in what the country's president is describing a terrorist attack.

It is understood a police officer stole the helicopter before carrying out the assault.


Concern has been raised that the new system for nominating judges could result in the courts becoming a battleground on abortion.

Fianna Fáil says judges could be chosen on the basis of their own leanings, if they are nominated by lay people with the same positions.

The concern was raised by Jim O'Callaghan during the Dáil debate on judicial appointments, which resumes this morning.


Families of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster will find out today whether anyone will face criminal charges.

Prosecutors will reveal their decision at a private meeting this morning 28 years after the crush at the Sheffield stadium.

It comes after jurors at the new inquests into the tragedy in Sheffield concluded the fans had been unlawfully killed.