Five stories you might have missed from the weekend

Martin refuses to outline position on abortion; Gardai launch probe into blasphemy complaint against Stephen Fry

It was a weekend dominated by the French presidential election, with centrist Emmanuel Macron emerging a decisive victor after a long and dramatic contest.

Catch up with five of the other big news stories you might have missed.

Martin refuses to outline position on abortion

The leader of Fianna Fáil has refused to reveal his stance on Ireland’s abortion laws.

Micheál Martin has pledged to allow party members a free vote on the issue – adding that the people have a right to decide on what happens to the Eighth Amendment.

On Yates on Sunday, Deputy Martin said he has always come from a pro-life background – but refused to be drawn on how he would vote in any potential referendum.

6,000 people rescued in the Mediterranean in 48 hours

FILE PHOTO: Flickr/Irish Defence Forces

Some 6,000 people have been rescued in the Mediterranean Sea over the past 48 hours as they attempted to reach Europe.

The Italian Coast Guard said some 3,000 people were picked up in more than 20 separate rescue operations involving the Italian coast guard and navy, the EU's EUNAVFOR mission in the Mediterranean, European Union border agency Frontex, NGOs and merchant ships.

Head of Islamic State in Afghanistan is killed

The Head of Islamic State in Afghanistan Abdul Hasib killed, according to the government.

Hasib was killed in an operation led by Afghan special forces in the eastern province of Nangarhar, President Ashraf Ghani announced.

He was appointed last year after his predecessor Hafiz Saeed Khan died in a US drone strike and is understood to have ordered a series of high profile attacks.

Gardai launch probe into blasphemy complaint against Stephen Fry

Senior Garda sources have confirmed they've received a complaint against Stephen Fry in relation to a breach of blasphemy laws. 

The investigation relates to comments Stephen Fry made in an interview with Gay Byrne on RTÉ's The Meaning of Life.

In the 2015 interview, the actor and writer suggested that God was "mean-minded" and "stupid" and stated that if God did exist then he was "clearly a maniac". 

Team searching for "Disappeared" victim finds human remains in France

Search teams attempting to locate the body of “Disappeared” victim Séamus Ruddy have discovered human remains in forest land in France.

The Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains (ICLVR) said the discovery was made this morning.

The search – focused on a 500 square metre area - has been underway in the forest area at Pont-de-l'Arche near the city of Rouen in northern France since last week.