Morning top 5: Investigation underway into Leitrim hotel fire; Call for nursing talks; Trump says he is "winning" border wall dispute

The top stories this morning on Newstalk

An investigation is underway into the cause of a fire at a hotel in Leitrim that had been earmarked for asylum seeker accommodation.

Firefighters quickly brought the blaze under control last night at the Shannon Key West Hotel in Roosky.

No one was injured.

The premises was identified as a potential site for a Direct Provision centre late last year – however, an agreement had since been reached to develop a four star hotel on the site.


Opposition parties are calling on the government to sit down with the nursing unions.

It's after the Psychiatric Nurses Association announced strike action for next month to coincide with a stoppage by members of the INMO.

Both unions say there's a recruitment and retention crisis in nursing - and improvements to pay and conditions are urgently needed.

That's being rejected by the government which says special treatment for nurses would cause knock on pay claims from other public sector workers.


US President Donald Trump insists he is winning his fight for a wall along the Mexico border.

Democrats are refusing to allocate $5.7bn (€5bn) in funding to it – meaning the partial government shutdown continues.

Yesterday, he visited the Texas border where he once again threatened to declare a national emergency.

The declaration may allow his administration to access the Army Corps of Engineers budget, which is normally earmarked for disaster response.



Facebook is bringing in independent fact-checkers in the UK for the first time - to try to combat fake news.

The charity FullFact will review stories, images and videos which have been flagged by users.

Posts will then be labelled as true, not true or a mixture.

The focus will be on the misinformation deemed to be the most-damaging - such as false stories around terror attacks.


Gardaí are investigating after a woman died and a six-year-old girl was injured in a road crash in Donegal.

The woman - who was in her thirties - was hit by a car while walking along Chapel Road in Dungloe at around 6.30pm last night.

The young girl who was with her was taken to University Hospital Letterkenny for treatment.

Garda Forensic Collision investigators are due to inspect the scene of the crash today and Gardaí have appealed for witnesses.