Morning top 5: Victims of London fire may never be identified; Varadkar meets NI parties

The top stories this Friday morning...

Police say some of the victims of the London tower block fire may never be identified.

Dozens are still missing and sniffer dogs have been brought in to help in the recovery effort.

There's been an angry backlash after the British Prime Minister visited the scene yesterday - but didn't meet any survivors at Grenfell Tower.


New Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will meet Northern Ireland's two main political parties later.

Sinn Féin and the DUP will come to Dublin for talks about power-sharing.

Both sides met with the British Prime Minister yesterday amid fears that a DUP deal with Conservatives in Westminster could unbalance the peace process.

The deadline for a Stormont deal is June 29th.


US President Donald Trump is to announce plans to tighten restrictions on Americans traveling to Cuba and clamp down on US business dealings with the island's military.

The move will roll back parts of former president Barack Obama's historic opening to Havana.

Laying out his new Cuba policy in a speech in Miami, Mr Trump will issue a presidential directive to reverse some of the loosened regulations that Mr Obama introduced after a 2014 breakthrough between the two former Cold War enemies, senior White House officials said.

Mr Trump is taking a tougher approach against Havana after promising to do so during the presidential campaign.


Ireland's social welfare system is propping up a low wage economy - without tackling underlying inequality.

A new report by the independent think thank TASC says that in terms of gross income, Ireland is the most unequal society in the EU.

However, after tax and welfare subsidies are taken into account, our equality levels are slightly higher than the EU average.


A preliminary hearing into the Buncrana Pier Tragedy is due to get underway in Donegal today.

No formal inquest into the deaths of five family members has been set yet.

Sean McGrotty, his two young sons, their grandmother and her daughter all died in the tragedy last year.

Their jeep rolled into Lough Swilly in March 2016 - four-month-old baby girl Rionaghac-Ann survived after being pulled from the car by a passer-by.