Morning Top 5: Britain votes to leave EU, Sinn Féin calls for referendum on Irish unity, Joe Biden is continuing his trip around Ireland

The top stories this Friday morning...

Britain has voted to leave the European Union.

The Out campaign has passed the winning post with a lead of more than 1 million votes. Overall, Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to remain - leading to questions about the possible break up of the UK.

The Irish government will hold an emergency cabinet meeting at Leinster House this morning and the Taoiseach Enda Kenny will address the media later.


Sinn Féin says a Brexit vote must lead to a referendum for a united Ireland.

Northern Ireland voted in favour of remaining in the EU. National Chairman of Sinn Féin in the North Declan Kearney says this must lead to a vote on a united Ireland.

Sinn Féin will now continue to press vigoursly towards the calling for a border poll under the provisions of the good friday agreement.


The economic effect of a Brexit vote is already being felt.  The pound has seen a huge drop on markets overnight. It's fallen around 9% against the dollar.

Shares in London are also expected to endure a torrid session with futures trading predicting more than £130bn being knocked off the value of the FTSE index. There were heavy falls on Asian markets overnight.


The CEO of Console Paul Kelly has resigned after alleged 'deception' at the suicide charity.

The chief executive and several directors of the Console charity have resigned, following allegations of deception and mismanagement.

Mr Kelly stepped down following a report by the RTÉ Investigations Unit on Prime Time.
The report revealed concerns about the charity, which provides counselling for people bereaved by suicide.


The Vice President of the United States Joe Biden is continuing his trip around Ireland.

On Thursday Vice President Biden visited his ancestral home of Co Mayo to pay homage to his roots. Today he returns to Dublin for a series of engagements including a speech in Dublin Castle.

The keynote address will touch on the US and Ireland's shared heritage, as well as "the values of tolerance, diversity and inclusiveness".

A trip to Co Louth on Saturday will also take in sites with ancestral links while Newgrange in Co Meath is also on the agenda.