Evening top 5: Murder inquiry launched in Waterford; EU leaders agree on Brexit guidelines

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Gardai name victim of murder inquiry in Waterford

Gardai have named the victim of a murder inquiry in Waterford.

31 year old Samantha Walsh's body was found at an apartment at Thomas Court in the city yesterday afternoon.

A post-mortem examination was conducted today at University Hospital Waterford, and as a result of the findings Gardaí have commenced a murder investigation.

 

EU leaders unanimously agree to guidelines for Brexit talks

EU leaders have 'unanimously adopted' guidelines for the upcoming Brexit negotiations.

European Council President Donald Tusk this afternoon confirmed that an agreement has already been reached at the summit for a "firm and fair political mandate"

Mr Tusk had previously said the rights of EU citizens in the UK, existing British financial commitments to European projects, and avoiding a hard border in Ireland will be the three core priorities for the EU in talks.

 

Harris called "out of touch" over new Maternity Hospital

The Magdalene Survivors Together group has said that the Minister for Health, Simon Harris is totally out of touch with the majority of people in Ireland over the new National Maternity Hospital.

The Magdalene Survivors Together group is made up of 165 survivors who were admitted to a cross section of Religious Institutions including The Sisters of Charity from the period of 1935 to 1980. 

They said that the proposed 'gifting' of the new hospital to the Sisters of Charity has angered many women who passed through the religious order's institutions in the past.

 

Fianna Fáil extends lead over Fine Gael in latest poll

Fianna Fáil has extended its lead over Fine Gael in the latest opinion poll.

There's also been a slight increase in support for Sinn Fein, while independent candidates have suffered.

The latest Sunday Business Post/Red C poll sees Fianna Fáil gain a lead over their biggest political rivals. 

 

8 killed after plane crashes in Cuba

Eight military troops have died after their plane crashed into a hillside in Cuba.

The accident happened in the western province of Artemisa, according to the local government.

The military say the aircraft took off from the Playa Baracoa airport outside Havana at 6:38 a.m. and a special commission will investigate the crash.