Morning top 5: EU's chief Brexit negotiator to address Dáil; James Comey says he 'will be fine' after dismissal

The top stories this Thursday morning...

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator arrives in Ireland today.

Michel Barnier will hold a private meeting with Enda Kenny after addressing a special joint sitting of the Dáil and Seanad.

The two-day trip will include a visit to the North and the border region.

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Sacked FBI chief James Comey has told his former colleagues "he will be fine" but will "miss the mission deeply".

In a letter to members of staff he said "working with them had been one of the great joys of my life".

He added: "I have long believed that a President can fire an FBI Director for any reason, or for no reason at all.

"I'm not going to spend time on the decision or the way it was executed. I hope you won't either."

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The man shot in a suspected gangland attack in Dublin yesterday remains critical in hospital today.

He was hit in the neck and upper body at the Topaz garage on the Clonshaugh Road near Dublin Airport, but it is believed his bullet proof vest saved his life.

Gardaí are trying to trace the movements of a car they believe may have been involved in a gangland shooting in Dublin. The 08 Black Lexus was found burnt out in Ardee after being seen leaving the scene in Dublin.

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There is an appeal for witnesses after a schoolboy was allegedly assaulted in Co Clare.

Gardaí say that a 13-year-old boy in Ennistymon suffered a head injury when he was attacked by two students in the Monastery Lane area.

He suffered head injuries and was taken by air ambulance to University Hospital Limerick.

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Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla continue their trip to Ireland today.

After visiting Áras an Uachtaráin yesterday, the royal couple will start their day at Kilkenny Castle this morning.

In the afternoon they will head to the Curragh in Kildare, with the Prince viewing the Defence Forces' training camp and the Duchess making a trip to the National Stud and Japanese Gardens.