Morning top 5: Spicer says Trump wanted him to stay; 116 rescue continues; U2 come home

The top stories this Saturday morning

Sean Spicer has insisted that Donald Trump did not want him to quit as White House press secretary.

Mr Spicer resigned on Friday after Anthony Scaramucci, a New York financier with no previous media experience, was made the new White House communications director.

News outlets had reported that Mr Spicer had left his post in protest at the appointment, and had told the president it was a "major mistake".

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Teams will continue the search for missing Rescue 116 crewmen Paul Ormsby and Ciaran Smith today.

The operation off the Mayo coast will see dive teams search the sea-bed where the Coast Guard helicopter crashed last March.

A search off Blackrock has been underway since last week, where divers examined the sea bed around the island.

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The Cean Comhairle has announced the establishment of an expert forum on Dáil privilege.

Four individuals from different professional backgrounds have been selected by Deputy Sean O'Fearghaíl to sit on the forum.

The announcement comes after recent comments in relation to the Jobstown trial were called into question as to whether or not Dáil privilege was abused.

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The crew of the LÉ Eithne are returning home to a heros welcome in Cork this morning.

During the ship's deployment in the Mediterranean, they rescued one thousand one hundred and eighty seven people.

The 72 naval crew members have been at sea since the 23rd of May as part of Ireland's response to the migrant crisis.

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It is just a few hours before the gates of Croke Park open for U2.

Support act Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds are due on stage at 7.00pm, with the Dublin foursome on at 8.30pm.

Gardaí and MCD are warning people to give themselves plenty of time to get to the venue, as extra security checks will be in place.