Morning top 5: Joan Burton pledges annual pension increase; uncertainty over Syrian peace talks

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Joan Burton says she will increase the state pension every year for the next five years if she is still in government.

The Labour leader says the pension will be increased by €5 a week - saying it is the least that older people deserve.

The plan is set to cost just over €100 million a year every year.


It is unclear whether peace talks aimed at resolving the Syrian conflict will go ahead today.

Talks got underway in Geneva on Friday without opposition leaders. However, they then agreed to attend the UN sponsored talks from today, and have arrived in Switzerland.

But last night the umbrella group - the HNC - said it wanted the Assad regime to stop its crimes before negotiations go ahead.

At this stage it is not known if opposition leaders will be present for the talks today, or whether they will go ahead without them.


Gardaí are attending the scene of a serious traffic accident in Dublin.

The crash happened on the N7 Naas Road near the Red Cow M50 interchange.

The area has been closed and garda crash investigators are at the scene.

Inbound traffic on the N7 is being diverted onto Fonthill Road.


The last opinion poll before the election is called shows support for Labour is up.

The RED C poll for the Sunday Business Post - carried out between Monday and Wednesday - suggests a small dip in support for Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.

Fine Gael has gone down a point to 29 and Labour has gone up a point to 10 - the party's highest poll rating since last September.

Support for Sinn Féin remains unchanged on 19, while Fianna Fáil sees a two point drop to 17. Independents and others go up two points to 25.


One person has died and six others have been injured in a shooting and stabbing at a motorcycle show in the US city of Denver.

Police say it is unclear how the violence started, and will not comment on whether the incident was gang related.