Morning top 5: Iraq Inquiry report to be published; man remains in critical condition after Dublin shooting

The top stories this Wednesday morning...

In Britain, the man in charge of the Iraq Inquiry has defended how long it has taken to get it published.

The 'Chilcot report' is due out later this morning - more than 13 years after British troops entered the country.

Tony Blair led the UK into the conflict in 2003, convinced that dictator Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.

John Chilcot says his report did not set out to criticise individuals.

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Dublin's latest gangland shooting victim remains in a critical condition in hospital this morning.

The man - named locally as 38-year-old Christopher Maguire - was sitting in a car outside his home in the Dun Emer housing estate in Lusk when he was shot five times yesterday.

Gardaí are investigating whether the shooting is linked to the Kinahan-Hutch feud, which has claimed multiple lives since Christmas.

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Oscar Pistorius will be sentenced for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp today.

The athlete shot her on Valentine's day three years ago. He says he mistook her for an intruder.

He has already served a year behind bars for culpable homicide - but South Africa's supreme court upgraded his conviction.

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The number of people killed in Sunday's suicide bombing in Baghdad has risen to 250.

A lorry packed with explosives was detonated in the centre of the Iraqi capital while families were shopping.

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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A number of rural TDs have welcomed the updated National Broadband Plan.

Under the scheme, broadband would be expanded to nine hundred thousand rural homes and businesses.

The Communications Minister Denis Naughten revealed yesterday that it would be a private sector ownership model - with the network being privatised when the initial 25 year state contract is over.