Morning top 5: UK terror threat level raised to critical; Majority believe government failing to tackle housing crisis; Policing review opens

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The UK terror threat level has been raised from severe to critical, in the aftermath of the Manchester bombing.

In a speech last night, Theresa May said that she believed that another attack may be "imminent" following the bombing at the Manchester Arena in which 22 people died.

Speaking outside Number 10 Downing Street Mrs May said the change in threat level will see additional resources made available to the police.

“The police have asked for authorisation from the Secretary of State for Defence to deploy a number of armed military personnel in support of their armed officers.”

Under ‘Operation Temperer,’ members of the armed forces could be deployed to public events, such as concerts and sports events - and also on the streets around Britain and at major shopping centres.


A book of condolence in solidarity with those affected by the Manchester terror attack will open in Dublin today.

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Brendan Carr will open it at the Mansion House at 10 o'clock this morning.

A number of books of condolence have opened at local authority buildings around the country including at Clare County Council and Kilkenny Town Hall.

Books are also open in Belfast and in Cork – where the Union flag was flying over the City Hall as a mark of respect yesterday.


The majority of us believe the government isn't doing enough to solve the housing crisis - according to a new report from the Simon Community.

It shows 75% of those surveyed think politicians aren't trying to make rents more affordable.

Seven in 10 people also expressed their concerns at the rate of homeless in Ireland over the past number of years.

Spokesperson Niamh Randall said the findings illustrate that public opinion is ahead of political opinion – demonstrating the real urgency on the ground.


Farmers are being urged to make farm safety a bigger priority.

It's after a study showed high levels of risk-taking by farmers as they go about their work.

1-in-4 farmers admit they don't wear basic safety gear like high-vis vests or ear defenders while working.

27% said they tackle dangerous jobs on their own, rather than seeking help – despite the finding that failing to ask for help with difficult tasks is the number one risk factor on Irish farms.


The Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland is holding its first meeting today.

The 12-member body was set up to conduct a “root and branch” review of Garda operations, following a series of controversies

Chaired by Kathleen O'Toole - the Chief of the Seattle Police Department - is due to issue a report by September next year. It's due to issue a report by September next year.