Morning top 5: Warning over doctors strike; North Korea's mystery launch; and Budget 2018

The top stories this Tuesday morning

Strikes by stand-in doctors could close at least six hospital emergency departments.

Locum staff are unhappy their pay has been cut from €40 to €34 an hour and are refusing to turn up for shifts.

The areas affected include Navan, Naas, Limerick, Portlaoise and Dublin.


South Korea says it cannot confirm reports that the North has been seen moving what looks like a ballistic missile towards its west coast.

It is claimed to have been done at night to avoid surveillance.

US President Donald Trump has threatened sanctions over recent nuclear tests - but Russian President Putin says they would be 'useless and ineffective'.


The Government is being warned not to spend too much money in next month's budget.

The Fiscal Advisory Council says improvements in the economy should not lead to politicians splashing out.

There is around €500m up for grabs in Budget 2018.


Depaul says it is becoming increasingly difficult to move people back into long term accommodation.

The homeless charity says as demand for its services soars it is unable to meet demands for support.

The charity is launching its annual report today.


The Garda Commissioner returns to work this morning after a five week holiday.

Noirin O'Sullivan is expected to face pressure to comment on a number of controversies including reports that she applied for a top job in Europol.

The findings of the internal investigation into the breath test scandal are also expected to feature on her agenda.