Evening top 5: Kenny under pressure; crash in Cavan; and Trump ban continues

The top stories on Newstalk.com this evening

Media reports suggest pressure is mounting on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to step as leader of Fine Gael.

Mr Kenny was forced to clarify his party's position in a statement this week, insisting Fine Gael would not go into government with Sinn Féin.

The Sunday Independent reports that Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald confirmed that Mr Kenny had "made it absolutely clear that we do not see a future with a coalition with Sinn Féin and I don't see us in coalition with Sinn Féin."

Ms Fitzgerald added that the Taoiseach was aware of the mood within the party surrounding his leadership.


The Taoiseach is being asked to boycott the annual St. Patrick's Day visit to the White House following President Donald Trump's 'anti-Muslim' executive order.

Two petitions have garnered over 18,000 signatures calling on Enda Kenny to skip the state visit in protest of the move.

Speaking on RTÉ's This Week, Labour leader Brendan Howlin said if Mr Kenny cannot articulate the country's complete rejection of what President Trump stands for, then he should not go to the White House to celebrate St Patrick's Day.

However, he added he did not believe Mr Kenny would do that.

People Before Profit is putting forward a Dáil Motion this week to cancel the annual government visit.


Mo Farah is a four-time Olympic gold medallist, and has raced around the world, but it looks like he may not be allowed enter the United States.

Farah is a British citizen. He emigrated from Somalia as an eight-year-old and went on to represent his adopted country to great acclaim on the track, road and cross-county.

United States President Donald Trump signed an order this week, banning refugees from six countries including Somalia entry into America. Farah, who regularly trains in Oregon, may not be allowed return there in the near future.

In a Facebook post, he compared the treated he received in Britain in recent weeks when he was awarded with a Knighthood, compared to being made "an alien" by Trump.


A man has died following a single-vehicle crash in Co Cavan.

The man in 20s was fatally injured when the car he was driving collided with fencing on the roadside at Lower Lavey Road. The local coroner has been notified.

The stretch of road is currently closed to facilitate a Garda Forensic Collision Examination. Local diversions are in place.

Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cavan Garda Station on 049-4368807 the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.


The first Irish Aviation Authrority (IAA) approved parcel delivery by drone took place this weekend.

The flight. organised by 10-year old student Belle Moore student of Alexandra College Junior School, Milltown, was organised as part of her research for her project on drones for the Intel Mini Scientist Competition.

The flight took place at 5pm on Saturday and took two minutes to complete from take-off to parcel drop, with the drone taking the parcel, weighing 250g from the shoreline to a boat at sea almost 200m away.

The parcel contained medical supplies: an emergency thermal blanket, an Epi-pen, bandages, plasters, thermometer, first aid leaflet, gloves, wipes and burn dressings. It also contained food and a drink in the form of a high-energy bar and water. The supplies were attached to the underside of the drone in a waterproof container.