Morning top 5: US launches airstrike in Syria following chemical attack; Gardaí welcome Fennelly report

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The US has attacked a Syrian airbase with around 60 Tomahawk missiles in response to the deadly chemical weapons attack in Idlib Province.

Officials have said the missiles were fired from two warships in the Mediterranean Sea.

The attack targeted a Syrian government-controlled site, believed by security officials to have been the base for Tuesday’s chemical attack – which killed at least 80 people.

US President Donald Trump has called on world leaders to help end what he described as the “slaughter and bloodshed” in Syria.


Gardai have welcomed the findings of the Fennelly report into the recording of phone calls at Garda stations.

In a statement, the force said the report brings clarity over the legal status of the systems that are in place - and raises issues that will be addressed as quickly as possible.

The Government has said the report reinforces its decision to undertake a root and branch review of Gardaí.

The Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar said it is reassuring that there is no sign the recordings were misused – with no convictions or prosecutions threatened.


The Minister for Housing Simon Coveney has written to the committee discussing the future of water charges – arguing that their final report might leave Ireland facing major EU fines.

The minister’s letter comes after the committee delayed its final vote in order to get another legal opinion on its recommendations.

In its current from the report would scrap charges, refund existing bills, and end domestic meter installation.

It makes only passing mention of penalties or levies for wilfully wasting water.

In his letter, the minister has said out three reasons he believes the recommendations will put us on a legal collision course with Europe.


There is still no sign of a breakthrough in the dispute at Bus Éireann following overnight talks at the Workplace Relations Commission.

Pickets remain in place around the country and commuters have now been without services for 15 days.

Union representatives have described progress in the negotiations as “slow” as the row over cost cutting continues.


A group of homeless people have begun sleeping outside the Dáil this week, to highlight the crisis.

Members of the public are invited to come out and show their support – as the group deliver the message to the Government that homeless people need 'homes not hostels.'

One of the organisers, Carrie Hennessy said the group have already been met with opposition, and they are accusing Gardai of being 'heavy-handed' in moving people on.

She called on as many people as possible to come and show their solidarity each morning between 8am and 10am.