Morning top 5: Pedestrian dies after crash in Co Louth; Storm Brian to bring heavy rain and wind today

The top stories this Saturday morning...

A man in his late 20s has been killed after being struck by two cars in County Louth.

The pedestrian was crossing the road after getting out of a car in Dundalk at around 3.15am on the Old Newry Road.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. The drivers of the cars were uninjured.

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As Storm Brian gathers strength, more than 36,000 customers are still without power following Ophelia.

Met Éireann says some flooding is expected over the weekend, mostly in coastal regions.

However, the National Emergency Coordination Group says this storm does not present exceptional public safety issues.

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IBEC says the proposed strike action at Irish Rail will cause massive and unnecessary disruption.

The group, which represents Irish businesses, has called on all parties in the dispute to get back into talks.

IBEC's Maeve McElwee says a strike in the run-up to Christmas is devastating for retail, hospitality and tourism.

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A man will appear in court this morning in connection with a large seizure of drugs in Co Offaly.

Gardaí seized cocaine and cannabis worth more than one million euro near Geashill On Wednesday.

A sawn-off shotgun, along with a large number of cartridges and rounds of ammunition were also found.

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Campaigners have expressed shock after Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugabe was appointed as a "goodwill ambassador" by the World Health Organisation.

The WHO's new director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced the decision at a conference in Uruguay, praising Zimbabwe for its commitment to public health.

However, critics say Mr Mugabe's policy and his long record of alleged human rights abuses have had a disastrous impact on the health system.