Morning top 5: Turkish Airlines plane crash kills 37 people; Education Minister to announce plans for legislation on 'baptism barrier'

The top stories on Newstalk.com this morning

A Turkish Airlines cargo jet has crashed in Kyrgyzstan, killing a pilot and dozens of people on the ground.

Most of the victims are believed to be residents of a village in the crash area when the Boeing 747 came down in dense fog near Manas airport.

The plane reportedly crashed as it tried to land at around 7.30am local time (1.30am UK time) near the capital Biskek, in an area with a number of summer houses.

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Minister for Education Richard Bruton is due to announce plans this morning to legislate on the controversial school admissions system.

Under the so-called 'baptism barrier', many children cannot access religious primary schools unless they have been baptised in a Christian faith.

New research by the campaign group EQUATE shows that almost one in four parents of children of school-going age would not have baptised their child if they didn't need it to gain entry to their local school.

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Northern Ireland Secretary of State James Brokenshire is expected to call an election today, after Sinn Féin confirmed it would not be putting forward a candidate for the role of Deputy First Minister.

It follows the resignation of Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness from the position over the controversial green energy scheme initiated by DUP leader Arlene Foster.

Yesterday, Mr Brokenshire expressed concern that an election would be "divisive" and would lead to greater distance between the parties in the North.

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Donald Trump has pledged to secure a quick post-Brexit trade deal with the UK in an interview with MP Michael Gove.

The US President-elect told The Times newspaper leaving the European Union would be a "great thing" for the UK, hailing the referendum result as a demonstration that British people "want their own identity".

The President-elect spoke to the prominent Leave campaigner in his New York office - making Mr Gove the second British politician, and the first MP, to get a meeting.

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Unions representing workers at Bus Éireann say "its time to stop leaking and start talking".

Staff at Bus Eireann are to be briefed today on the company's plans to cut costs, with the company issuing a statement to say that changes are urgently required to address the company's adverse financial situation.

trade union Unite say they want any reports on the company to be published along with terms of reference that may have been given to consultants.