Morning top 5: Areas along River Shannon on flood watch; Iraqi forces deliver serious blow to IS

The top stories this Monday morning...

Areas along the River Shannon are on flood watch, with further heavy rain expected ahead of Storm Frank.

The Shannon is expected to rise by a further 10cm by Wednesday.

Yesterday the ESB increased the flow of water through Parteen Weir for the second day running.

Meanwhile there is a status yellow wind warning in place for Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork and Kerry in place until 1pm today.


In the UK, 500 troops have been deployed to help deal with the worst flooding in decades.

Torrents of water have been flowing through streets in Leeds, and water levels are still rising in York - where whole streets are under water.

Around 3,500 properties in the city are at risk - and the water is expected to continue to rise until Tuesday at least.


Iraqi government forces appear to have delivered a serious blow to Islamic State by re-taking control of a government compound in Ramadi.

It has taken weeks and follows their offensive over Christmas.

The government is likely to target Mosul in the north next - the final stronghold for IS in Iraq.


Tributes are being paid to a father of six who died in an early morning crash in Co Offaly yesterday.

Musician Paddy Buckley is believed to have died when his car went into a flooded field at the Grand Canal near the village of Pollagh.

A post mortem is expected to be carried out on the 38-year-old's remains, and Tullamore Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information to come forward.

Mr Buckley was the 11th person to die on the coutry's roads in eight days - the youngest was just seven years old.


An independent TD says allowing Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to share power would be "absolutely scandalous".

The claim comes from Deputy Shane Ross, who says the parties would share the right to appoint cronies to important roles.