The top five: Man dies in Westmeath crash; Shannon reaches highest level this month

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River Shannon reaches highest level this month as Storm Frank approaches Ireland

The River Shannon has reached its highest level this month as Met Éireann has issued a number of weather warnings as Storm Frank approaches Ireland.

An orange level wind warning will be in place along the west coast - for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare and Kerry - from midday Tuesday.

Man dies after after blowing up condom machine in botched robbery

A German man has died after blowing up a condom machine with a home-made explosive on Christmas Day.

The 29-year-old was struck by a piece of metal in the explosion.

Michael Noonan "well on the mend" after spending Christmas in hospital

Finance Minister Michael Noonan says he is "well on the mend" after spending Christmas in hospital after undergoing surgery.

Noonan says he was diagnosed just before Christmas with an infection involving fluid in his chest area.

Divide in coalition over 'right to die'

Divisions have emerged within the coalition about whether the question of a 'right to die' should be considered by a constitutional convention.

Enda Kenny has already agreed that a new forum should be set up to examine issues like abortion, and whether the 8th amendment should be repealed.

Man dies in Westmeath collision

A man has died in a crash in County Westmeath this evening.

The man in his 70s was the driver of a car involved in a two car collision in the village of Ballinalack at about 3.30pm.