Evening top 5: FG lead in new opinion poll; British Airways flights cancelled after IT outage

The top stories this Saturday evening

Fine Gael has taken an eight-point lead over Fianna Fail in the latest opinion poll.

The Red C poll for tomorrows Sunday Business Post shows Fine Gael on 29 points, up five while Fianna Fail is down seven points, to 21.

Sinn Fein were down three points to 15 - while independent candidates are up 4 points, to 14.

Political Editor of the Sunday Business Post Michael Brennan said the leadership contest is having a knock-on effect.


Thousands of passengers flying with British Airways spent the day stuck in terminal buildings, after flights were cancelled because of an IT meltdown.

The airline's chief executive has apologised and said it was down to a problem with a power supply.

The computer failure meant no-one could be checked in and disruption is expected to continue into tomorrow.


The UK terrorism threat level has been downgraded from critical to severe - meaning an attack is highly likely - but not imminent.

It follows the bombing in Manchester on Monday night in which 22 people died.


A man in his forties was arrested in connection with the murder of an elderly couple in Northern Ireland.

Police confirmed they were following "a line of inquiry" but did not reveal any motive.

Detective Superintendent Kevin Geddes said: "We are now treating this as a murder investigation and I would like to appeal for any information around it.


Rock legend Greg Allman who formed The Allman Brothers Band along with older sibling Duane has died.

The 69 year-old passed away at his home in Savannah in Georgia.

He'd undergone a liver transplant in 2010 after contracting hepatitis C.

Their 1973 hit instrumental 'Jessica' is used as the Top Gear theme tune.