Morning top 5: Polls open in Northern Ireland; Democrats call for Trump's attorney general to resign

The top stories this Thursday morning...

Voters are going to the polls in Northern Ireland today - for the second time in less than a year.

Today's election was triggered after the collapse of the Assembly's power-sharing agreement in January.

The Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Fein are likely to be the big winners once again.

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A new poll shows that Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael would be almost neck and neck if there was an election south of the border.

The poll in today's Irish Times shows the two parties almost tied with 29% support for Fianna Fáil and 28% for Fine Gael, while Sinn Féin has 21% support.

The survey of over a thousand people was carried out on Monday and Tuesday of this week - before yesterday's fresh controversy over water charges.

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Democrats in the US want the attorney general to resign following reports of meetings with a Russian official during the presidential campaign.

The US justice department confirmed Jeff Sessions - one of Donald Trump's early allies - had two meetings with Moscow's ambassador to the United States last year, when he was servubg as a senator.

Mr Sessions insists he never discussed the presidential campaign with Sergey Kislyak.

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny is in Brussels today for high-level meetings about the impact of Brexit on Ireland.

The UK is likely to formally announce its withdrawal from the union around the end of March.

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A man in his 50s has been killed in a multi-vehicle crash on the M7 from Dublin to Limerick.

It is believed he was caught in a heavy hailstorm at around 8pm last night at Ballyfinnan Newport, which caused a dozen cars to skid off the road.