Morning top 5: Thousands without power; mortgage rises; and Desmond Connell laid to rest

The top stories this Friday morning

Over 4,000 homes around the country went without power overnight following Storm Doris.

Severe weather wreaked havoc across the county on Wednesday night into Thursday with winds gusting up to 140 kilometres per hour.

The worst of the weather has now passed but some power stations are still damaged.


Irish mortgage holders could see their payments rise if Germany has its way.

The head of the German Central Bank yesterday said improving economic conditions in Europe could justify a rise in ECB rates.

According to the Irish Independent, the move could potentially affect 350,000 Irish borrowers with variable mortgages.

The European Central Bank rate is currently set at zero.


The half-brother of North Korea's leader was murdered using a highly toxic nerve agent, according to a preliminary report.

It says the poison - known as 'VX nerve agent' - was detected on swabs taken from Kim Jong-Nam's eye and face.

The substance is classed as a weapon of mass destruction by the United Nations.


A German man who lives in Ireland is due to appear before an Italian court after his wife went missing on a cruise.

The 45-year-old who lives in Dublin was detained at an airport in Rome after the crew realised she had not disembarked.

The couple's two children - aged six and four - are being looked after by Italian social services.


Cardinal Desmond Connell will be laid to rest this morning.

The 90-year-old former Archbishop of Dublin passed away in the early hours of Tuesday morning after a long illness.

The 2009 Murphy report found that his actions added to the grief of many victims of child clerical sex abuse.