Morning Top 5: Hurricane Ophelia Nears; Man Dies In Dublin Road Crash; Fianna Fáil Close Poll Gap

Red and orange weather warnings are in place across the country, while school buses have been cancelled as ex-Hurricane Ophelia nears Ireland.

Met Eireann has issued red wind warnings for Galway, Clare, Mayo, Kerry and Cork with winds in excess of 130 km/h, stormy conditions and potential flooding expected while an orange warning is in place between 9am and Monday and the early hours of Tuesday morning for the rest of the country.

Bus Eireann has cancelled school buses on Monday in for areas in which a red warning is in place, while the RSA is warning road users to take extra care.

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A 27 year old man has died following a road traffic incident on the N7 in Dublin this morning.

He had been walking along the N7 in the early hours of this morning when he was struck by an SUV at Junction 3 Brownsbarn.

Emergency services were called but he was pronounced dead at the scene and taken to Tallaght Hospital where a post-mortem will be carried out.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact them.

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Fine Gael's lead over Fianna Fail has been halved, according to the latest opinion poll.

The Behaviour and Attitudes poll for the Sunday Times shows Fine Gael on 31 points, while Fianna Fail are on 27, cutting the government party's lead in half.

Personal ratings show Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's approval and Fianna Fáil leader Michael Martin's on 50 per cent.

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Special Needs Assistants have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action in schools across the country.

It's over a delay in SNA allocations, which leaves members uncertain if they have a job, but unable to apply for a new one in case they don't.

IMPACT's Niall Shanahan says it puts the Department of Education in breach of agreements on job security and redeployment.

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The Academy behind the Oscars has voted to expel Harvey Weinstein, saying he "doesn't merit the respect of colleagues".

The producer has faced multiple accusations of rape and sexual harassment by numerous women who have come forward including Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow, while police in London and New York are investigating him.

Mr Weinstein denies the allegations.