Good morning and welcome to the weekend! It’s a wet and windy start to the day out there. Here’s six of the main stories making headlines this morning…
1.Haiti’s government has condemned what it says are ‘obnoxious remarks’ allegedly made by Donald Trump.A long-time senator insists he heard the US President use a swear word to describe the nation and African countries. Mr Trump has denied that but the United Nations has accused him of racism.
2. The Citizen’s Assembly will meet today to discuss how referendums are held in Ireland.It will look at the history of such votes, as well as the issues of voter turnout, regulation and direct democracy, where the people are given a greater say in what issues go to a referendum.
3. Gardai say they don’t suspect foul play was involved in the death of a man in Dalkey, south county Dublin. The body of 35-year-old Michael Burke was found in a laneway off Convent Road yesterday morning.Following the results of a post-mortem last night, Gardai say they’re not treating the death as suspicious.
4. Agriculture Minister Michael Creed has warned that Brexit could seriously affect the tourism industry here. Speaking at an economic conference in Killarney last night, Minister Creed said the number of British visitors visiting Ireland is down about six per cent on 2016. He said the Government is conscious that the decline is having an effect in some areas, particularly in border locations and in high tourist locations.
5. Heavy rain could bring flooding in some parts of the country this morning. Met Eireann have issued a status yellow rainfall warning for the west, south-west and south-east with up to 50 millimetres of rain due in the worst-affected areas.
6. The winner of the BT Young Scientist Exhibition says there are “no words in the English language to describe how he feels”. 15-year-old Simon Meehan from Coláiste Choilm in Ballincollig, Co.Cork was crowned the winner last night for his project about the medicinal use of plants to fight illnesses.