Morning top 5: Clinton declares victory in nomination race; State exams getting underway today

The top stories this Wednesday morning...

Hillary Clinton has declared victory in the race to become the Democrats' candidate for America's presidential elections.

She has won at least two primaries overnight - enough to make her the first woman ever to be a major party's nominee for the White House.

Mrs Clinton told supporters in New York overnight they had helped her make history.


The 25th Seanad will finally meet today with the only item on the agenda being the election of a Cathaoirleach.

Fianna Fáil's Denis O'Donovan is to secure that post after a deal was cut with Fine Gael, though Sinn Féin will also put forward a nominee.

After electing a Cathaoirleach, the 'Upper House' of the Oireachtas will adjourn again for a week.


120,000 students are preparing to sit English Paper One in their Junior and Leaving Certificate exams this morning.

The exams begin at 9.30am, continuing until Thursday the 23rd of June for Junior Cert and Friday the 24th of June for Leaving Cert.

The Education Minister is reminding pupils of the opportunities available to them after the exams.


The Government has been told it must stick with efforts to reduce the national debt.

The latest report from the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council says the recovery so far has been "impressive".

But the group - which advises the government on economic policy - says spending increases need to be kept in check.


Gardaí are awaiting the results of toxicology tests after a teenage boy died following a house party in Meath on Sunday night.

The 17-year-old attended a party in Navan and was later discovered unconscious at a house early on Monday morning.

The boy was brought by ambulance to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda in County Louth where he later died.