Morning top 5: Searches in Co Kildare after discovery of body; Burkina Faso declares three days of national mourning

The top stories this Sunday morning...

Garda forensic and underwater teams are due to carry out searches in Grand Canal in Co Kildare today following the discovery of a body in the water.

The remains were discovered at Ardclough yesterday afternoon. However, the gender and age group of the deceased has yet to be established.

It is believed the body may have been dismembered.

The deputy state pathologist Dr Michael Curtis is due to carry out an examination at the scene later.


Burkina Faso has declared three days of national mourning after al Qaeda militants struck at a top hotel and restaurant killing 29 people, including 10 foreigners.

Security forces freed some 150 hostages and killed four assailants around 12 hours after the extremists launched the assaults on the Splendid Hotel and the Cappuccino Cafe across the road in the capital Ouagadougou.

Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kabore, who took office last month, said in a TV and radio address that the nation was "in shock".


The Fianna Fáil leader says the country needs a change of Government.

Michéal Martin addressed his party faithful at an Ard Fheis in Dublin last night, saying this is a Republic that does not do coronations.

He focused on the broken promises of Fine Gael and Labour and promised to build 'An Ireland for All'.


Two new opinion polls paint a mixed picture of the Government party's performance ahead of the General Election.

The Sunday Times poll shows Fine Gael dropping two points and Labour unchanged while a survey by the Sunday Business Post indicates a two-point decrease for Labour with Fine Gael holding steady.

However, both polls show the senior coalition partner Fine Gael retaining an 11-point lead over their nearest rivals.

In terms of the Opposition, the Red C poll in the Sunday Business Post shows Fianna Fáil gaining two points to 19, level with Sinn Féin who are unchanged.


A deal lifting economic sanctions on Iran - in relation to nuclear activity has been described as "historic".

The move follows confirmation by the United Nations' atomic watchdog that Iran's nuclear programme has been scaled down and isn't a threat. The country will now be able to access billions worth of frozen assets.

The announcement came hours after the US and Iran reached an agreement on a prisoner swap.