Morning top 5: Major manhunt underway in Dublin; Halawa now in prison for four years; Children's public dental service facing collapse

The top stories this morning on Newstalk.com

Gardaí investigating the murder of two people in North Dublin yesterday have recovered a firearm.

A major manhunt is underway in the capital after a mother of six, aged in her forties, and a man in his thirties were gunned down on Balbutcher Drive in Ballymun.

A post mortem is due to be carried out on the bodies of the two victims later.

Two other people have been receiving treatment for non-life-threatening injuries and a child also received minor injuries.

Gardaí are trying to track the movements of two cars they believe were used in the attack - a silver Opel Safira with an 08 Laois reg, and a Volkswagen Golf GTI with an 06 Louth reg.

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The Olympic Council of Ireland could be set to oppose Pat Hickey’s return as a board member.

The former OCI President says he'll resume his executive role on the International Olympic Committee “in due course.”

That could mean he returns as an 'ex officio' member of the OCI board - meaning he would not have any voting rights.

The Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport will this afternoon discuss Mr Hickey’s alleged role in a ticketing scandal at the Rio Olympic Games.

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Family, friends and supporters of Ibrahim Halawa are today marking the fourth anniversary of his imprisonment in Egypt.

The Dubliner was arrested as a 17-year-old following a protest in Cairo in 2013.

His long-running mass trial is continuing in Cairo, but it is feared it may not conclude for some months.

Amnesty International says his detention is a violation of Egyptian and international law – and the organisation is holding a lunchtime protest at the Egyptian embassy in Dublin today.

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The Public Dental Service for primary school children could be on the verge of collapse.

The Irish Dental Association says the falling number of dentists employed in the service has seen some children waiting a full 12 years for their first check up.

Under the HSE scheme, children should get their first free check up in second class.

Currently 300 dentists work for the service but the association says a 50 per cent increase is needed to deliver effective treatment.

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There are reports this morning that the second phase of Brexit talks will be delayed until Christmas.

The second phase of talks will outline the future trading relationship between the UK and the EU – however European negotiators have insisted there must be "sufficient progress" on the current round of talks first.

The first round includes discussions on money, citizenship rights and the Irish border.

Talks on future trading were due to begin in October - but British Cabinet ministers have indicated that will now be delayed for two months.