Morning top 5: UK to confront Trump over intelligence leaks; groups meet on terror threat to Ireland

The top stories this Thursday morning...

Theresa May will confront Donald Trump over US leaks of crucial intelligence about the Manchester bombing when they meet at a NATO summit in Brussels.

Publicly, senior Government ministers have described the leaks to the US media as "irritating" and "disappointing" but privately there is fury in Whitehall.

After photos, apparently showing bloodstained fragments of the bomb, appeared in the New York Times, a Whitehall source said: "We are furious. This is completely unacceptable.

"These images leaked from inside the US system will be distressing for victims, their families and the wider public.

"The issue is being raised at every relevant level by the British authorities with their US counterparts."


The groups responsible for dealing with a terror attack in Ireland are due to meet this morning.

State agencies responsible for justice, defence, transport and health are meeting to discuss how Ireland would react to a major incident.

The meeting's been called by Enda Kenny following Monday's attack in Manchester.

Authorities say, however, that there's no indication of an attack being imminent in Ireland, and that the threat level remains moderate.


The two men hoping to become the next Taoiseach will face off in a debate tonight.

Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney will meet in the first of four so-called hustings organised by Fine Gael.

The party blocked plans for TV or radio debates to keep the race as amicable as possible.

But tonight's event in Dublin's Red Cow Hotel will be live streamed online.


Outreach workers in Dublin say they've just recorded the highest ever number of rough sleepers across the city.

Teams working for the 'Inner City Helping Homeless' group found 173 people sleeping rough on Tuesday night - among them 38 women and two children.


Today is forecast to be the hottest day of 2017 so far.

Met Éireann is forecasting temperatures will reach 25 degrees over the course of the day.