Morning top 5: Plane crashes in Colombia with 81 on board; 700 new jobs for Dublin; Children placed in adult psychiatric units

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An emergency has been declared in Colombia after a plane carrying members of a Brazilian football team crashed with 81 on board.

Medellin's international airport said on its Twitter account that the aircraft had left from Bolivia.

The city's mayor Federico Gutierrez said it was possible there are survivors. He told Blu Radio: "It's a tragedy of huge proportions."

Local media has reported that the charter aircraft was carrying members of Brazil Serie A side Chapecoense, who were scheduled to play in the Copa Sudamerica finals against Atletico National in Medellin on Wednesday.


A lack of space means that children at risk of suicide or self-harm continue to be placed in adult psychiatric wards.

95 children were placed in adult psychiatric units last year.

The practice was due to be phased out 10 years ago but has continued due to a lack of suitable emergency and inpatient beds.

There are two and a half thousand children waiting on beds in mental health units.

The 95 Project, A new initiative by Senator Joan Freeman, aims to make it illegal to place children in these units and to increase the number of appropriate beds.


Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon will will become the first foreign serving head of government to address the Seanad this morning.

Following a meeting with the Minister for Foreign Affairs yesterday evening Ms Sturgeon said talks on bringing the UK out of the European Union will take longer than five years.

She said she agrees with the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny who said that two years will not be enough to address all the concerns.

She has called on British Prime Minister Theresa May, to extend the UK's official membership of the EU so that those issues can be ironed out


700 new jobs have been announced for Dublin.

Customer solutions company VOXPRO is creating 400 new positions, as it sets up a new office in Silicon Docks at the Point Village.

Business social networking giant, LinkedIn is bringing another 200 ahead of the completion of its new headquarters at Wilton Place which is due to be finished by 2017.

West Pharmaceutical Services is announcing an expansion and 100 new jobs at its facility at Damastown Industrial Park, Mulhuddart.


A man who drove a car into pedestrians at Ohio State University yesterday is reported to have posted an 'anti-American' rant on social media just minutes before the attack.

The suspect is reported to have "intentionally" driven over a curb, striking multiple pedestrians, before emerging with a knife and stabbing several people. 

The suspect has identified as Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a legal permanent resident of the US who was who was shot dead by police during the attack.