Evening top 5: Man dies in Cork crash; Trump order in effect in Ireland; and Fianna Fail lead Fine Gael in new poll

The top stories this Saturday evening

A man has died following a two car collision in Cork.

The male driver, in his 20s, was fatally injured when the car he was driving was in collision with a bus. The male driver of the bus was taken to Cork University Hospital where his injuries are not believed to be life threatening. The local coroner has been notified.

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An Executive Order issued by President Donald Trump banning nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries for three months and stopping the admission of all refugees for four months is in effect in Ireland.

The order - which also bans those fleeing from Syria from entering the US indefinitely - has been implemented by US Customs at Dublin and Shannon airports, the United States Embassy confirmed

A note on the US Embassy website says that nationals of the countries listed on the Executive Order who have already scheduled a visa interview in Dublin, should not attend their appointment, as the Embassy will not be able to proceed with the interview.

The statement adds that the embassy will announce any additional changes affecting travellers to the US as soon as that information is available

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Fianna Fáil has opened up a lead on Fine Gael in an opinion poll for the second time in a week.

The survey for tomorrow's Sunday Business Post has Fianna Fáil on 27%, with Fine Gael on 24%.

This is the first Red C / SBP poll of the year, and is comparable to their last poll at the end of November.

Fine Gael drops a point to 24%, as do their coalition partners the Independent Alliance from 4% to 3%.

Fianna Fáil - going up three points to 27% - means following on from last weekend's Sunday Times poll, two surveys now show them with a lead over Fine Gael.

Sinn Féin drop two points to 14%, with non-aligned independents going up 2% to 14%.

Labour's unchanged on 5%, the People Before Profit Anti Austerity Alliance drops one to 4%, the Greens go up 1 to 4% and the Social Democrats are unchanged on 4%. Renua goes up 1 point to 1%.

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Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump want "real coordination" against Islamic State in Syria, according to the Kremlin.

In their first conversation since Mr Trump's inauguration, the Kremlin said in a statement that "both sides showed their readiness for active, joint work to stabilise and develop Russian-American cooperation".

The pair agreed to establish "partner-like cooperation" on issues such as Ukraine, Iran's nuclear programme, tensions on the Korean peninsula and the Arab-Israeli conflict, Moscow added.

There was no immediate comment from the White House on the eagerly awaited call.

The pair will maintain "regular personal contact" and start to prepare for a face-to-face meeting, the Kremlin statement added.

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny announced the creation of 20 new jobs and a €6 million investment in the Marine Institute’s facility in Newport, Co Mayo.

The 20 new positions will be based at the Marine Institute, Newport, where they will be engaged on a number of research projects funded from a secured pot of €6 million in research grants.
 
Speaking in Furnace, near Newport, Co. Mayo, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD, said:

"The Newport facility is a real example of innovation taking place in a rural community and creates exciting opportunities both now and in the years ahead [...] it firmly brings what is a rural area into a national and international context."