Morning top 5: Death of Limerick pensioner; Ryanair and IALPA stand off; and Trump texts

The top stories this Saturday morning

There is an appeal for witnesses following the death of a pensioner in Limerick yesterday afternoon.

Investigations are underway and gardaí are treating the case as suspicious.

The body of 78-year old Rose Hanrahan was discovered in her home in on New Road, Thomandgate in Limerick City at around 1.30pm yesterday afternoon.

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Ryanair and the pilots union IALPA are locked in a stand off, just days ahead of Wednesday's planned strike.

There were hopes of a breakthrough yesterday when the airline announced that it would agree to their demand for union recognition.

IALPA said it needed an urgent meeting with management to clarify a number of issues before it would call off the action.

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Donald Trump has criticised the FBI again after leaked text messages claimed top officials did not want him to become president.

It has emerged they called him a "loathsome human" and an "idiot".

He spoke as he pledged his support to America's intelligence service at one of its graduation ceremonies.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May has averted another defeat on her Brexit bill after rebels said they would back a compromise on putting the UK's exit date into law.

Pro-EU Tories said they would support the amendment allowing flexibility on the UK's exit date, saving Mrs May from another embarrassing defeat.

The government and rebels were at loggerheads over her decision to put the planned date and time of Brexit - 11pm Irish time on March 29th 2019 - on the face of the bill.

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The Irish economy has been given a positive review from the international ratings agency, Fitch.

It has upgraded Ireland's debt rating from 'A' to 'A PLUS'.

The agency says the upgrade is due to improvements in the State of our banks, and the falling national debt.