Morning top 5: Surge in garda watchdog calls; Brexit deal for EU citizens; and Trump's Mexico claims

The top stories this Firday morning

There has been a surge in the number of gardaí contacting the force's watchdog.

A report in the Irish Examiner says the Garda Ombudsman has hired five new staff, but it is still struggling with a backlog of complaints.

There have been 13 disclosures so far this year, compared to 11 over the last three years.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May has offered EU citizens currently living in the UK the right to stay there after Brexit - in return for a similar deal for Britons living in the European Union.

She has been meeting her European counterparts in Brussels - and says she wants to offer certainty to roughly three million EU nationals who live there.

Mrs May outlined what she called a "generous offer" to guarantee permanent "settled status" to them.

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There could be an extra €3bn on the way for the State, with the sale of the Government's stake in AIB today.

Shares are expected to peak at €4.30 each, which is 40% less than originally expected.

That means there could be a potential loss in sale value of €500 million.

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Two people have been rushed to hospital following a serious crash in Dublin's north inner-city overnight.

The collision between two cars happened at around 1.40am at the junction of the North Circular Road and Portland Row.

Gardaí remain at the scene this morning and diversions have been put in place.

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Mexico's government has responded to Donald Trump after the US president called it the second deadliest country in the world after Syria.

In a tweet last night, President Trump also reiterated his plans to build a border wall between the two countries.

Mexico's foreign minister has now disputed the claim, saying that the recent rise in homicides was significantly lower than those of several other Latin American countries that were not ranked in a recent report.