Morning top 5: School costs, Dublin speed limits and Cameron exits Downing Street

The top stories this Wednesday morning...

One in three parents get into debt sending their children to school, according to a new study.

The Irish League of Credit Unions survey shows that parents spend nearly €1,000 on back-to-school costs for primary school students, and almost €1,500 for secondary school students.

Some 13% of families say they will have to sacrifice spending on food to cover the expenses. 


British Prime Minister David Cameron exits Downing Street later today, as Theresa May prepares to take over the Tory leadership. 

Mrs May will come under pressure from EU member states to invoke Article 50 as soon as possible, which will mark the beginning of two years of formal talks for Brexit.

Another pressing priority will be to finalise a new cabinet, with Mrs May's spokesperson hinting there will be more women in prominent government positions.


Dublin City Council plans to reduce speed limits to 30kph across much of the city have been put out to public consultation. 

The draft bylaws propose that the lower limit be imposed for residential areas, schools and almost all city centre roads on a phased basis.

Members of the public have until August 24th to give their views on the proposition. 


There was a stand-off last night between about 200 loyalists and republicans in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast.

Police moved in to disperse nationalist protesters on the Crumlin Road that had gathered after an Orange Order parade passed through the district.

Elsewhere, however, parades marking the 12th of July passed off virtually without incident. 


The first in-orbit image of Jupiter has been taken by NASA's Juno spacecraft.

It is hoped the mission will give some insight into the origins of the biggest planet in the solar system and how it impacted the rise of life on Earth.

The image, which was acquired on Sunday, shows atmospheric features on Jupiter, including the Great Red Spot, and three of the massive planet's four largest moons - Io, Europa and Ganymede.