Morning top 5: Ryanair to hold first ever talks with union; Simon Communities report 33% increase in people using services

The top stories this Tuesday morning...

The first ever talks between unions and management at Ryanair will take place later.

Pilots called off tomorrow's threatened pre-Christmas one-day strike pending the outcome of today's negotiations.

However IMPACT, the union involved, has warned that the strike is suspended rather than cancelled.


The Simon Communities say there has been a 33% increase in the number availing of its services.

Their annual report, which is being launched today, shows they helped 11,000 people last year - including around 3,000 children.

The charity says the year has seen the housing and homelessness crisis "continue to worsen".


SIPTU has confirmed it will attend talks with senior hospital management as early as next week, to discuss concerns at the radiology department at University Hospital Kerry.

It comes as Health Minister Simon Harris pledges the HSE will provide an update on the hospital's current X-ray review on Thursday, as efforts continue to check 46,000 images.

A re-check was ordered after errors were found in scans between March 2016 and July this year.


The inquest into the deaths of a mother and her three sons in Cavan will resume this morning.

Clodagh Hawe and her three boys were killed by their dad Alan last year near Ballyjamesduff.

He then took his own life.

Medical experts are expected to give evidence when the inquest resumes this morning at 10am.


At least three people have died after a train derailed and crashed onto a road on America's west coast.

The service had been making its first ever journey on a new line in Washington State.

Investigators are looking at reports the high-speed train was travelling too fast.