Morning top 5: Committee to make abortion recommendations; Democrat wins Alabama Senate race; ESRI expects economy to grow

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It is expected the Oireachtas Committee on the 8th amendment will vote to allow legislation for abortion later today.

The committee will vote ahead of issuing its final report.

It is likely to recommend the repeal of the 8th amendment and its replacement with legislation to allow abortion without restriction for the first 12 weeks of a pregnancy.

It will also recommend decriminalizing abortion and improving sex education in schools.


The economy is set to continue growing strongly next year, with full employment likely by the end of 2018.

The ESRI says the economy will have grown by 5% by the end of the year and is likely to post growth of 4.2% next year.

The report says we'll effectively have 'full employment' by the end of 2018.

However, it is warning the government against big spending increases - which could overheat the economy.


Thousands of Ryanair passengers are facing travel disruption, ahead of next Wednesday's pilot's strike.

Irish-based pilots are holding the 24-hour stoppage just five days before Christmas.

They are demanding collective bargaining rights but the airline has said it will never negotiate with unions.

The airline has said it will manage to provide a limited service on Wednesday - and has threatened the pilots with loss of privileges and benefits.


Donald Trump has suffered a political blow after democrat Doug Jones won the US Senate race in Alabama.

The president was backing Republican Roy Moore – despite the allegations of sexual misconduct he was forced to deny.

Mr Jones is the first Democrat elected to the US senate from the state in 25 years.

In his acceptance speech he told crowds that the state had shown the rest of the country, “that we can be unified.”


The British Prime minister will face a stern test of her stewardship of the Brexit process this evening.

Theresa May has insisted her Government is "listening" to potential Tory rebels – however she has been warned she is facing into a potentially humiliating defeat as MPs prepare to vote on the EU Withdrawal Bill.

AS many as 20 of her colleagues could defy her by an amendment calling for a "meaningful" vote on any Brexit deal - a rebellion sizeable enough to bring the Government's first defeat on the key bill.

The amendment, brought by Conservative former minister Dominic Grieve, is likely to be backed by Labour, the SNP and Liberal Democrats.