Morning top 5: Taoiseach criticised for comments on homelessness; Michael Colgan apologises for 'misjudged behaviour'

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The Taoiseach has come under fire after comments about homelessness at yesterday's Fine Gael conference in Cavan.

Leo Varadkar said the Government's housing plan is working, and the country has a 'low rate of homelessness by international standards'.

The Simon Communities of Ireland have tweeted saying the Irish figures do not include rough sleepers, those in squats, or people on friends' sofas.


Four men are due in court on Monday, after being arrested as part of a Garda investigation into gangland crime in Dublin.

They were detained earlier this week following an operation in the North Inner City, during which gardaí also seized a firearm and a silencer.

They will appear in Dublin District Court on Monday, charged in connection with the investigation.


Michael Colgan has apologised to any person who he has hurt or who was made to feel upset.

The former artistic director of the Gate has written an article in the Sunday Independent to respond to allegations of inappropriate conduct.

He says that through "misjudged behaviour" he caused upset to some of his co-workers and that he's truly sorry, while adding that his behaviour should not be equated with sexual crimes.


A new opinion poll shows the Government continuing to make political gains, mainly at the expense of Sinn Féin.

The Behaviour and Attitudes poll for today's Sunday Times shows Fine Gael up 3 points to 34%.

Fianna Fáil are still behind, but up 4 points to 31%. Sinn Féin is down 5 points to 14%, and unaligned Independents down 4 points to 8%.


Searches are continuing again today for a 21-year-old Clare woman missing in France.

Eimear Noonan was last seen on Wednesday in a town south of Lyon.

She had been living there and working locally in a school.