Morning top 5: Investigation after man found shot dead in Meath; Trump insists Flynn's actions during transition were lawful

The top stories this Sunday morning...

A man whose body was discovered in Meath yesterday is understood to have known his life was in danger.

The victim - who was in his 20s - was found in a field in Dunboyne with gunshot wounds to the head.

A previous attempt on his life was foiled by gardaí.

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Donald Trump has said he 'had to' fire Michael Flynn because he lied to the Vice-President and the FBI.

But he added the General's actions during the post-election transition were lawful and there was nothing to hide.

Mr Trump also attempted to shift the focus onto Hillary Clinton, who he claimed had "lied many times" when talking to the FBI during an investigation into her use of a private email server while secretary of state.

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The countdown continues for agreement on a UK border deal over Brexit.

Contacts are continuing across the weekend after European Council President Donald Tusk said the EU was backing Ireland - giving Theresa May until Monday to come up with a solution.

The Taoiseach remains hopeful a deal can be done to avoid a hard border, while Fianna Fáil's Brexit spokesman Stephen Donnelly says the next few days are critical.

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Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has addressed thousands of people at a rally over hospital services in Portlaoise, County Laois.

Protesters marched into the town last night, carrying candles and banners, in an effort to save their local emergency department.

Eimear Holland is from the Portlaoise Hospital Action Committee, and says last night's 'Light for Lives' rally was a direct response to HSE plans to downgrade the hospital.

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The Pro Life Campaign is holding its National Conference today at the RDS in Dublin.

Among the speakers are Abby Johnson, a former director of an abortion clinic in the US.