Morning top 5: Adams hints at withdrawing from Stormont Executive; Citizens' Assembly concludes its second meeting

The top stories this morning...

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has indicated his party may pull out of the power-sharing Stormont Executive.

It comes amid calls for the Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster to step down during an inquiry into the controversial 'cash-for-ash' scheme.

Mrs Foster, who was elected First Minister a year ago, has been under pressure over the botched renewable energy scheme, which could cost taxpayers more than stg£400m (€539m).


The Citizens' Assembly has concluded its second meeting.

The assembly, which will meet again tomorrow, will make a recommendation to the Oireachtas in the coming months on whether or not a referendum should be called on changing Ireland's abortion laws.

Earlier, the assembly heard a debate on the question of the ethical status of a fetus. Two philosophers debated whether a woman should have the right to choose an abortion in the case of a fatal fetal abnormality.


A woman has died after being hit by a car in Co Monaghan.

Gardaí in Castleblayney are appealing for witnesses after fatal collision on the N2 at Clonavogy. It happened shortly after 1.00pm on Saturday.

The female pedestrian, aged 55 years, was struck by a car and was treated by emergency services personnel at the scene.


In an interview today US Ambassador Kevin O'Malley confirmed Barack Obama has told him to "tell the Irish people he will be back".

While no date has been set - it's understood the visit will be in the near future. He is expected to play a few rounds of golf on his trip to the Emerald Isle.

"The last sentence that the president said to me on Wednesday of this week when we were saying goodbye was 'please tell 'em I’m coming' I think that's the President's way of saying informally that you’ll probably see him again."


Big brother may be watching you, but even more so if you are a verified Twitter user.

At least that is part of a proposed plan by disclosure website WikiLeaks.

The website gained new prominence in March 2016, when it launched a searchable archive of over 30,000 e-mails and e-mail attachments sent to and from Hillary Clinton's private email server while she was US Secretary of State.