Morning top 5: Anti-terror investigation after Paris shooting; Labour conference to get underway

The top stories this Friday morning...

A police officer has been killed and two others were seriously injured after a gunman opened fire in one of the most popular areas of Paris.

The attacker got out of a car that pulled up next to a stationary police van on the Champs-Elysees and immediately started shooting at officers. A female tourist was also wounded.

Other officers opened fire, killing the assailant.

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An anti-terror investigation is underway into the attack and raids were being carried out on properties across the capital.

Islamic State says it carried out the attack, claiming the attacker was Belgian.

Security has been tight in France, coming just days before the first round of France's presidential election on Sunday.

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It has emerged Simon Harris raised concerns about a conflict of interest in the governance of St Vincent's Hospital in 2014 - long before the controversy over the new National Maternity Hospital developed this week.

The Health Minister this week assured patients that the Sisters of Charity would have no influence over the new maternity hospital planned for the site.

However, speaking about St Vincent's three years ago, he told the PAC he had concerns about ownership structures at the Dublin hospital.

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The Labour Party will hold its first annual conference this weekend since Brendan Howlin took over as leader.

Around a thousand members are set to attend the event in Wexford town.

It comes at a tough time for the party, which needs to rebuild after its disastrous performance in the last general election.

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The Garda Ombudsman has launched an investigation into the murder of Garda Tony Golden.

He was shot in Omeath, County Louth in October 2015 by Crevan Mackin - who then took his own life.

Mackin's partner Siobhán Phillips suffered life changing injuries during the incident.

The Taoiseach is being urged to recall the Dáil after new information emerged in a Prime Time Investigates programme which alleges Gardaí had a litany of information about Mackin and the weapons and bombs he had.