Five stories you might have missed from the weekend

Munster legend passes away in Paris; Citizens' Assembly on eighth amendment gets underway

After a busy weekend of news and sport, here's everything you need to know to get caught up this Monday morning.

Munster coach Anthony Foley dies, aged 42

The IRFU have announced that Munster coach Anthony Foley has died.

The former Ireland number 8 was head coach of Munster from 2014 to the end of last season. Foley stayed with the province in a coaching capacity when Rassie Erasmus joined the province as Director of Rugby.

Foley played 62 times for Ireland and was captained the Munster team that won the Heineken Cup in 2006.

Taoiseach calls for dignified debate as Citizens' Assembly holds its first meeting

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has described issues due to be discussed by the Citizens' Assembly, including abortion, as "deeply complex, hugely challenging and profoundly ethical".

Mr Kenny was addressing the group's inaugural meeting in Dublin Castle this afternoon.

"Your work in addressing and achieving this vital consensus on behalf of us all will affect - indeed profoundly affect -  how we live our individual lives and our national life in the Republic in the years to come," he said.

"No option off the table" as western powers consider sanctions against Assad and Russia

The US and Britain are considering imposing sanctions against the Assad regime and Russia over the crisis in Aleppo.

The US Secretary of State, John Kerry, met with French, Italian and German ministers today as part of a renewed push to broker peace in the worn-torn country.

The talks were hosted by the British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson; however no representatives of the Syrian government or opposition were in attendance.

Sturgeon vows to keep Scotland "at the very heart" of Europe

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has vowed to keep Scotland “at the very heart” Europe and re-iterated her belief that "Scotland will one day become an independent country."

Addressing the Scottish National Party (SNP) conference in Glasgow, Ms Sturgeon vowed to avoid "the fate of a hard Brexit."

Ms Sturgeon said she would work “with others across the political divide” to “try to save the UK as a whole” from that fate.

Boris Johnson defends writing secret pro-EU article before Brexit vote

Boris Johnson has defended writing an article in favour of staying in the EU just days before backing Brexit.

The British Foreign Secretary, who penned the unpublished pro-Remain article just two days before revealing he would be campaigning to break from Brussels, said he had been trying to "make an alternative case" to himself.

However, when he compared the arguments "it was blindingly obvious" which side to support.