Morning top 5: TDs to vote on fatal foetal abnormalities Bill; poll shows increased support for Fianna Fáil

The top stories this Thursday morning...

Enda Kenny's leadership has come under pressure ahead of today's Dáil vote on abortion.

At a meeting of the Fine Gael parliamentary party last night, a number of the Taoiseach's own deputies voiced unhappiness with his decision to allow Independent ministers vote against the rest of their cabinet colleagues.

Independents are to support Mick Wallace's fatal foetal abnormalities Bill, allowing terminations where babies will not survive outside the womb.


An opinion poll in today's Irish Times shows support for Fianna Fáil is at its highest point in the last eight years.

Micheál Martin's party has a 33% approval rating - nine points ahead of Fine Gael.

The poll of 1,200 voters, conducted by Ipsos/MRBI, was taken on Monday and Tuesday of this week amid both the abortion and Brexit controversies.


The man tasked with cleaning up Console will meet with the embattled charity's employees today.

Interim CEO David Hall has stressed he wants to protect the services of the charity that offers help to those at risk of suicide, as well as bereaved family members.

The Irish Examiner says today's meeting was called last night after it emerged staff are owed hundreds of thousands in salaries.


In the UK, a second round of voting will take place today in the Conservative Party leadership race - with the final two candidates expected to be named later.

The British Home Secretary Theresa May is the front-runner to succeed David Cameron - after securing the most votes in the first round.

The UK's Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom, and Justice Secretary Michael Gove are the other remaining candidates.


The United States Justice Department says it's investigating the fatal police shooting of a black man whose death was caught on camera.

Bystanders used mobile phones to capture the moment Alton Sterling (37) was killed outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Tuesday.

The footage appears to show two white police officers wrestling Mr Sterling to the ground before shooting him at point blank range.

The incident has sparked civil rights protests on the streets of Louisiana, with demonstrators chanting "black lives matter".