Morning top 5: Five killed in plane crash; FG leadership; and Caesareans rise

The top stories this Tuesday morning

It is believed five people have been killed after a small plane crashed into a shopping centre near Melbourne.

The charter flight exploded as it hit the mall near Essendon Airport just before 9.00am local time.

It is understood the pilot made a distress call before it crashed and burst into flames.

Australian officials have described it as 'the worst civil aviation accident in the state' for three decades.

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The five possible Fine Gael leadership contenders will come face to face at a Cabinet meeting this morning.

Speculation has mounted that Enda Kenny will announce the timeline for his departure as Taoiseach at a parliamentary party meeting tomorrow.

One of the frontrunners, Simon Coveney, last night calling for TDs to back off from Enda Kenny.

Minister Coveney and Leo Varadkar remain the favourites to become the new leader.

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Unions and management at Bus Eireann return to talks at the Workplace Relations Commission later.

Management has outlined €30m in savings, which it says are vital to save the company.

But the NBRU and SIPTU say they won't accept the reduced pay and conditions being proposed.

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Gardaí are appealing for witnesses following a fatal crash in Donegal yesterday evening.

The two-car collision happened at Strand Head near Malin at around 6.00pm.

The victim - who was in his late 30s - was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital.

The driver of the second vehicle was uninjured.

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Almost one in three pregnant women in Ireland have Caesarean sections.

A new study from Trinity College and NUI Galway shows that this rate has increased dramatically in the past few years and it is now more than double the figure recommended by the WHO.

The research forms part of the Europe-wide Optibirth study, which aims to improve maternal health services and decrease the number of unnecessary c-sections.