Morning top 5: More declarations expected in FG leadership race; Trump denies any collusion with Russia

The top stories this Friday morning...

More declarations for the two contenders to be the next leader of Fine Gael are expected today.

Last night the party's national executive outlined how the campaign will run - with hustings and voting to take place around the country.

This morning, all eyes are on Minister Paschal Donohoe - who is expected to endorse Leo Varadkar.

Other members of the parliamentary party have signaled they too will make their intentions known.

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Investigations are continuing after a driver mounted the kerb close to New York's Times Square and drove for three blocks smashing into pedestrians.

An 18-year-old tourist from Michigan was killed. Her 13-year-old sister is among the 22 people injured.

Four people are in a critical condition, three are serious and the others also needed treatment for their injuries.

The suspect, a former US Navy veteran, has a record of drink-driving and was being tested for alcohol and drugs.

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Donald Trump has responded with a direct - if brief - "No. No" to a question about whether he had asked the FBI to drop an investigation into his former national security adviser.

The US President also said there was no collusion between himself and Russia.

Mr Trump has been under fire since reports emerged this week that he had shared secrets with the Russians and allegedly tried to stop former FBI director James Comey from investigating his former adviser Michael Flynn.

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Dublin City Council has agreed to include 550 extra social housing units on the new Poolbeg West site.

Under usual rules, 10% of of the 3,500 homes must be social housing.

However, the Council managed last night to increase that number.

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The National Association of General Practitioners has called on the Government to reverse FEMPI.

They are holding their AGM in Maynooth this weekend, and say financial emergency measures in the sector must be scrapped.

The union also says FEMPI is a key factor in the high emigration of GPs in this country.