Morning top 5: Euro 2016; French ATC Strikes; and decision day for Britain

The top stories this Thursday morning...

The Republic of Ireland are into the last 16 of the European Championships. 

They got a late 1-0 win over Italy last night in Lille, thanks to a Robbie Brady goal.

President Michael D Higgins congratulated the team on their win, and praised the fact that both the Republic and Northern Ireland have qualified for the knockout stages.


Ireland fans returning from France are facing severe flight disruptions today.

Another strike by French Air Traffic Control workers is taking place - the 11th in recent weeks.

Aer Lingus has been forced to cancel six flights while Ryanair has cancelled 56.


Decision day has arrived for voters in the EU referendum, as polling stations opened in the UK at 7am this morning.

The country will decide whether or not to remain in the European Union.

Polls will close at 10pm and it's likely we'll find out the result tomorrow morning after ballot papers are counted overnight.


In the US, Democrats have staged a highly unusual sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives to demand action on gun control.

They've occupied the podium area for more than ten hours, refusing to leave until they secure a vote on new legislation.

Last week's shooting at a nightclub in Orlando - which killed 49 people - has renewed calls for tougher laws on guns in the US.


A 27-year-old man who knocked down and killed a cyclist in Dublin will be sentenced today.

Christopher Coleman of Reuben Street in Dublin 8 was charged with dangerous driving causing the death of Eugene Maher.

Mr Coleman was disqualified at the time and was driving his friends around because he was the only one of the group who had not been drinking.

He left the scene and abandoned the car nearby, something that he said still fills him with shame.