Morning top 5: Bertie motion passed; Government warned of increased expenditure; and ASTI meets for talks today

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Fianna Fáil's branch in Dublin Central has passed a motion calling for a letter to be written to Bertie Ahern asking him to rejoin the party.

The motion was passed unanimously by all members in attendance at tonight's meeting.

Chairman of Fianna Fail in Dublin Central Brian Mohan says the move was about 'loyalty' to the former Taoiseach, and that it would go some way to restoring unity to the party in the capital.


The Government's being warned that any new increases in expenditure would have to be offset by lower spending elsewhere, or changes in taxation.

The latest report from the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council says the economy has shown solid growth this year, but reducing our level of debt is key to protect against fallout from Brexit or any other risks.


The ASTI's standing committee meets today to examine new proposals aimed at ending their industrial dispute.

Hundreds of schools were closed earlier this month as part of a campaign of action.

A document drawn up in talks suggests changes such as narrowing the pay gap for new entrants and increased flexibility on working hours.


Enda Kenny is preparing to leave for a three day trade mission to the United States.

The Taoiseach is understood to have told President-elect Donald Trump of his plans to be in New York during their 10-minute phone call last week and suggested the possibility of a face-to-face meeting.

Mr Trump was said to have been open to the proposal, depending on his schedule, and the matter was left with their respective staff to arrange.

Mr Kenny will also visit Silicon Valley in San Francisco.


France and the UK are calling on the United Nations' Security Council to sanction those behind chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

A UN-sponsored inquiry found Syrian Government forces had used chlorine gas on civilians, while Islamic State carried out mustard gas attacks.

France's Ambassador to the UN says a draft resolution sanctioning those responsible is ready to go. However, Russia says it won't support the move.

It comes as up to 16,000 people are understood to have been displaced in the past couple of days by the Syrian Government's latest assault on the besieged city of Aleppo.