Evening top 5: Border commitment "rock solid"; European countries condemn US Israel decision; Snow and ice warning in place

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Varadkar insists border commitment ‘rock solid and cast iron’

The Taoiseach has said the deal on Brexit that guarantees no border between the North and Republic is ‘rock solid and cast iron.’

The agreement was hammered out late last night and announced in Brussels and Dublin this morning.

It now means talks can move on to the next phase of negotiations about trade.

Leo Varadkar said the deal will ensure there will be no physical infrastructure, related checks or controls on the Irish border.

European countries condemn Trump's Israel declaration

Five European countries have issued a joint statement calling on the US to bring forward detailed proposals for a peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinians.

It comes following an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council in response to US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The decision has been widely condemned by US allies with leaders from around the world warning it have serious consequences for the Middle East peace process.

The statement, signed by France, Germany, Sweden, Italy and the UK, voices the countries’ opposition to President Trump’s stance and notes that the recognition is “not in line with Security Council resolutions and is unhelpful in terms of prospects for peace in the region.”

At least one Palestinian man was shot dead by the Israeli army today during protests against President Trump’s announcement.

14 UN peacekeepers killed in attack in Democratic Republic of Congo

14 UN peacekeepers have been killed and 40 wounded in an attack in the Democratic Republic of Congo, officials have said.

Deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said: "It's a very huge attack, certainly the worst in recent memory."

At least five Congolese soldiers were killed in the incident, with Mr Haq adding that the dead UN peacekeepers are mainly from Tanzania.

UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix earlier said the attack happened in North Kivu province, but did not identify the attackers.

Snow and ice warning extended to 17 counties for the weekend

Met Éireann has extended an orange weather warning for snow and ice.

The alert is in place from Saturday night for Connacht, Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Longford, Louth, Wicklow, Offaly, Westmeath and Meath.

The forecaster says "significant" snowfall is expected Saturday night and into Sunday.

Accumulations of between 4 to 8 cms could occur widely, with greater totals possible.

Health Minister admits need to 'reflect' on name of new children's hospital

The Health Minister has admitted they will have to re-think the name of the new national children's hospital.

They had planned to use the name 'Phoenix' - but a hospital with the same name in the US has threatened legal action.

It comes as the European Investment Bank (EIB) confirmed it is to lend Ireland €490m to support construction of the new hospital.

This is the largest ever financial support the EIB has given to Ireland, and is its first backing for a hospital here.