Evening top 5: Taoiseach warns Brexit must allow for Irish unity; Tánaiste defends children's hospital plans; Ranieri sacked by Leicester

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Taoiseach: Brexit agreement must allow for Irish Reunification

The Taoiseach has said that any agreement between the UK and the EU following Brexit negotiations must allow for Irish reunification in line with the Good Friday Agreement.

Enda Kenny has been discussing the implications of Brexit with the President of the European Commission, Jean Claude Juncker this afternoon.

Mr Kenny said any Brexit deal should include language that would allow the North to easily return to the EU in the event of a united Ireland - as is provided for under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

Tánaiste defends National Children's Hospital over spiralling cost

The Tánaiste has moved to defend the spiralling cost of the new National Children’s Hospital in Dublin.

It has been reported that the facility - now expected to cost the taxpayer €1bn - will be the most expensive of its kind built anywhere in the world.

The price-tag will also place the facility among the world's 20 most expensive buildings.

The cost of the construction has more than doubled since 2012 when it was expected to cost €404m.

Trump to expand US nuclear arsenal

US President Donald Trump has said he wants to expand America's nuclear arsenal to put his country "top of the pack."

In an interview with the Reuters news agency, President Trump said that the United States has fallen behind in its atomic weapons capacity - and complained about Russian deployment of a cruise missile in violation of an arms control treaty.

He also warned that he is against what he called a "one-sided" new deal with Russia that would cap the deployment of nuclear warheads.

Thousands of homes remain without power following Storm Doris

ESB Networks has said it is “working hard” to get power back to customers following outages caused by Storm Doris.

The company has already restored power to over 49,000 customers - but many will be left without power overnight.

“We are continuing to work in the worst impacted areas through the evening to get as many people restored as possible,” said an ESB Networks spokesperson.

Claudio Ranieri sacked by Leicester City

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has been sacked just nine months after guiding the club to a maiden Premier League title.

First reported by Matt Lawton of The Daily Mail, it is alleged that Ranieri was told of his fate this afternoon after arriving back from his side's 2-1 Champions League round of 16 defeat to Sevilla.

Leicester have struggled for form so far this season and are just one point clear of the relegation zone having taken just 21 points from 25 games.