Evening top 5: Taoiseach confirms referendum for Irish abroad; Father and son injured in helicopter crash

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Taoiseach confirms referendum to give Irish citizens abroad a vote

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny has confirmed plans for a referendum to give Irish citizens abroad a vote in presidential elections.

Enda Kenny made the announcement as he attended St. Patrick's Day celebrations in Philadelphia.

Four years ago the Constitutional Convention recommended that all Irish citizens, whether inside the State or not, should have the right to vote in presidential elections.


Father and son injured after helicopter crash in Louth

A father and son have been injured after a helicopter crash in County Louth.  

Emergency services were called to the scene, when the aircraft crashed in a garden in Carlingford. 

The pilot, who's in his 70's, was airlifted to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin - his son who's in his 40's, was taken by ambulance to Our Lady of Lourdes in Drogheda. 

34 killed as bus crashes into crowd in Haiti

According to reports, A bus has hit into a crowd of people in Gonaives, Haiti killing up to 34 people and injuring 15. 

The incident began when the driver mowed down two pedestrians, killing one person. While trying to speed away he ran over a group of musicians.

Officials have put the death toll at 34, with another 15 people said to be injured. 


Man dies after stabbing in Galway

A man has died following a stabbing incident in Galway.

It happened at a house on Cardinal Cushing Road in Mervue shortly after 4.00am on Sunday morning.

The man, aged in his late 30s, suffered apparent stab wounds.


Theresa May could trigger Article 50 on Tuesday

British Prime Minister Theresa May could trigger article 50 as soon as next Tuesday. 

The House of Commons is set to hold a final debate on the European Union Bill on Monday, where they will decide whether to approve two amendments added by the House of Lords.

This would clear the way for the Prime Minister to trigger Britain’s departure from the EU by Tuesday.