Evening top 5: Sinn Fein cuts DUP advantage; Plane crashes near Turkish-Syrian border and Dublin cruise past Mayo

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Sinn Fein cuts DUP advantage to a single seat in Stormont elections

Sinn Fein has cut the DUP's 10-seat Stormont advantage to a single seat in its best performance in Northern Ireland election history.

The Democratic Unionist Party won 28 of the 90 seats to narrowly remain the largest party in Northern Ireland by just over 1,000 votes.

Both parties will now have three weeks to form a new power-sharing government to avoid devolved power returning to Westminster for the first time in a decade, but relations between the two are at their lowest since power-sharing began in 2007 and Sinn Fein has demanded the resignation of outgoing first minister Arlene Foster as one of its terms for re-entering government.

 

Military plane crashes near Turkish-Syrian border

According to reports in Turkey, a military plane has crashed on the Turkish-Syrian border.

Turkish news agency Anadolu says it's likely to be a Syrian fighter jet - however there's been no airspace violation and no intervention by Turkish forces.

At this stage it's not known what caused the crash and technical problems are not being ruled out.

Syrian opposition has since told the Turkish Anadolu Agency that they shot down a plane belonging to the regime.

 

U2 top the list of Ireland's richest entertainers

Irish rock band U2 have been revealed as the richest entertainers in Ireland according to the 2017 Sunday Times Irish Rich List, which will be published tomorrow.

Band members Bono, Edge, Larry Mullen Jr and Adam Clayton, who have a combined wealth of an estimated €645 million, have topped the Irish Entertainers' Rich List, accounting for more than 30% of the overall wealth measured in Ireland.

Also featuring on the list are Pierce Brosnan, Colin Farrell, Daniel O’Donnell, Michael Flatley and Enya.

 

Obama spokesperson calls tapping allegations "simply false"

According to a spokesperson for the former president, Barack Obama never ordered the tapping of Donald Trump's phone . 

In a series of tweets, the sitting president claimed his predecessor ordered a wire tap on Trump Tower last October.

President Trump has compared the allegations to the Watergate scandal that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.

 

Dublin comprehensively defeat Mayo

Dublin have laid down a marker in the Allianz Football League as the reigning All Ireland champions saw off Mayo 1-16 to 0-7 at Croke Park.

In a repeat of last year's All Ireland final (and replay) match-up, there was far more distance between the sides at the final whistle in this Division One clash in comparison to last Autumn.

Dublin took control of the scoreboard early on with Conor McHugh's 7th minute goal leaving the scores at 1-2 to 0-0 in Dublin's favour