Morning top 5: Garda strike called off; teachers' pay talks; and Brexit ruling fallout

The top stories this Friday morning

The garda strike is off.

The Garda Representative Association (GRA) and the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) have both called off their threatened industrial action.

It follows intensive negotiations with the Labour Court.

They will now ballot their members on the recommendations.

These are believed to include the introduction of parade duty payments, clarifications over annual leave - and a recommendation that the rent allowance will be be restored, increased, and extended.

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Efforts resume again today to find agreement in the teachers' pay dispute.

Talks between ASTI representatives and the Department of Education ended last night without any breakthrough.

But they are due to resume following a meeting this morning of the ASTI's Standing Committee.

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The man who audited Anglo Irish Bank between 2002 and 2004 is due to give evidence at Sean FitzPatrick's trial this morning.

The bank's former CEO denies misleading auditors from Ernst & Young in relation to multi-million personal loans.

He is facing a total of 27 charges under the Companies Act.

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The 'stark reality' of the finances of Ireland's Technology Institutes has been revealed.

A new report from the Higher Education Authority shows that almost half of the 14 around the country are having money problems.

President of Limerick's LIT Professor Vincent Cunnane says there is serious under-funding in the sector which needs to be addressed.

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The British Prime Minister Theresa May will tell European leaders later that her EU exit plans will not be slowed by a High Court challenge - even though MPs could vote against it.

She has arranged several phone calls to discuss the process.

She also insists the government will be sticking to the existing timetable.