Evening top 5: Thousands march against Trump worldwide; Le Pen says it's the "end of one world and the birth of another"

The top stories this Saturday evening

Thousands of women march against Trump in Ireland and around the world

Hundreds of protesters gathered earlier today in Dublin and Galway in solidarity with those protesting in Washington over the recent inauguration of President Donald Trump.

The march in Dublin started at 12:30 today beginning at the Garden of Remembrance and ended up with a rally at the G.P.O. at around 1:30pm. 

Some of the organisations who supported today's marches include Abortions Rights Campaign, Amnesty Intentional Ireland, Coalition to Repeal the 8th, Democrats Abroad, European Network Against Racism and R.O.S.A.

 

 

Le Pen say it's the "end of one world and the birth of another" at meeting of far-right leaders

French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has declared that 2017 will see “the awakening of the people of continental Europe” at a meeting of far-right leaders in Germany.

Ms Le Pen - head of the anti-EU, anti-immigrant National Front (FN) party - said Britain’s decision to leave the EU will have a domino effect across the continent - adding that “we are the end of one world and the birth of another.

The gathering is attended by far-right populist leaders from Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands, in the city of Koblenz the day after U.S. President Donald Trump took office.

 

 

Gerry Adams says Pulling Northern Ireland from EU will destroy Good Friday Agreement 

Gerry Adams has told a major public debate on Irish unity that taking Northern Ireland out of the EU will threaten the Good Friday Agreement.

The 'Towards a United Ireland' conference is taking place in the Mansion House in Dublin today. 

The discussion - marking the 98th anniversary of the meeting of the First Dáil in the same building in 1919 - brings together a host of different groups and commentators to stimulate debate on how a future United Ireland might look.

Addressing the meeting this afternoon, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said the British government’s intention to take the North out of the EU against the wishes of the electorate is a “hostile action.”

 

 

Ian Madigan hopeful of making Joe Schmidt's Six Nations squad

Ian Madigan played his first game in Ireland on Saturday afternoon, since leaving Leinster for Bordeaux-Begles at the end of last season.

The 27-year-old started for the Top 14 side in their 26-22 win away to Ulster. He scored two penalties and two conversions, before being replaced in the second half.

Speaking to Newstalk Sport's Oisin Langan after the win, Madigan said he is hopeful of being in the Ireland squad ahead of the Six Nations. He was not part of the Autumn Internationals, and has not played internationally since the Third Test of last year's Summer tour in South Africa.

 

 

White House confirm Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller wrote much of Trump’s speech

It was reported earlier this week that President Donald Trump wrote his inauguration speech himself, with CNN stating that two Trump transition officials told them he had written the draft. 

The report further noted that the president told historian Douglas Brinkley last month that he was writing the address.

Trump would even post an image on social media of him purportedly working on the speech while at Mar-a-Lago weeks ago.