Morning Top 5: Fine Gael continues talks with independents and LÉ Róisín to set off on humanitarian mission

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Fine Gael will continue contacts with Independents today - in a bid to form a minority led Government.

A formal meeting between the two sides will happen tomorrow.

Enda Kenny still needs the support of at least six more TDs if he is to be elected Taoiseach on Wednesday.

Fianna Fáil has agreed to support the administration, over three budget terms, after the two parties reached a deal on water charges.

However the Anti Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy says the issue hasn't gone away.


The LÉ Róisín will begin the Irish Navy's first humanitarian mission of 2016, later today.

This is the first naval deployment to the Mediterranean this year and the ship will sail from Cork at noon.

The International Organisation for Migration says 3,700 people died in the Mediterranean last year, which has seen a devastating spike in deaths in the past two years.


Leader Mary Lou MacDonald says that many communities in Dublin do not feel safe due to the imminent threat of gangland violence.

A number of people have been shot dead in the Capital in recent months, thought to have been victims of the Kinahan-Hutch feud.

The Sinn Féin Deputy leader’s comments come after the acting Taoiseach and Justice Minister met with senior members of the Gardaí on Friday to discuss the recent spate of gang related murders.

At the meeting high ranking officers outlined how armed checkpoints have been mounted in the capital to disrupt the activities of criminals.

However Deputy McDonald says far more needs to be done.


The US President Barack Obama turned into a stand-up comedian last night.

He gave his final speech at the annual White House correspondents' dinner - where the Commander in Chief takes a playful dig at politicians and the media.

Barack Obama joked that he's lost some respect now he only has a few months left in office.


The Duchess of Cambridge has been photographed for the fashion magazine British Vogue.

She follows in the footsteps of supermodels to feature on the front cover. The magazine collaborated with the British National Portrait Gallery for the photos - an organisation Kate is patron of.

Sky's Royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills says she was keen to help the publication celebrate its centenary edition.