Evening top 5: Citizens' Assembly recommend abortion legislation in certain cases; Macron wins first round of French election

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Citizens' Assembly recommends abortion legislation in a number of cases

The Citizens' Assembly will be recommending to the Oireachtas that unrestricted legal abortion be introduced to Ireland.

Members examined eight scenarios in which the Oireachtas might legislate for abortion, and also the time limits for such abortions.

The report from the Citizens' Assembly will also be recommending that abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality be allowed, following a majority vote of 89%.

 

Macron wins first round of French presidential election

According to initial projections, Emmanuel Macron has won the first round of the French presidential election. 

Far-right Front National leader Marine Le Pen is in second, according to the polling company IPSOS. The official result is not expected until later on Sunday night.

The top two candidates go through to a second round head-to-head contest on the 7th of May. Eleven people are standing in the contest to replace Francois Hollande.

Three injured following road crash in Clare

Three people have been taken to hospital following a road crash in West Clare this morning.

One of them, a man, has been airlifted to hospital, while two others were transported by ambulance.

The car they were travelling in hit a ditch on the Ennis to Kilrush Road at 10:30am this morning.

 

Varadkar is "certain" new Maternity Hospital will be independent of religious influence

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has insisted the new National Maternity Hospital will have clinical independence.

Speaking on Yates On Sunday, the former Health Minister said "every procedure that's legal in the state" will take place at the medical facility, and will not be influenced by a religious ethos.

"There will be clinical independence at the hospital," he said. "The national Maternity Hospital will have its own board. It will have its own budget. The mastership system [...] will remain."

 

IS ambush kills 10 Iraqi soldiers

Islamic State group fighters disguised as soldiers ambushed a government convoy in a remote desert region of western Iraq on Sunday, killing 10 members of the security forces. 

An army lieutenant colonel said that "Daesh (IS) members armed with assault rifles and rocket launchers attacked civilian and military vehicles carrying soldiers near Rutba."

"They killed at least 10 and wounded 20." Other officials also confirmed the attack and the casualty toll.