Morning top 5: Cabinet dispute over abortion; NAMA on Project Eagle; and ASTI strikes

The top stories this Tuesday morning

A dispute between Fine Gael and the Independent Alliance over abortion is set to come to a head at Cabinet this morning.

Ministers will sit down for their weekly meeting hours before a Dáil debate tonight on a bill calling for a referendum on the 8th amendment.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny believes supporting any vote on abortion would be a contradiction of the Programme for Government.

The Independent Alliance is seeking a free vote on the issue.


A woman has died in a crash in north Dublin overnight.

The single vehicle incident happened shortly before half past twelve on the Rush road in Skerries.

The road is closed for a technical examination.


The Public Accounts Committee will today hear from top officials at NAMA who dealt with the controversial Project Eagle sale.

Those giving evidence will include the body's former Chief Financial Officer, Donal Rooney.

PAC chair Sean Fleming hopes today's witnesses will shed more light on the sale.


Parents are preparing for widespread school closures on Thursday.

Members of the ASTI say strike action is still on the cards after they failed to reach agreement with the Department of Education yesterday.

Further talks will take place today and tomorrow.


The number of people aged over 65 in Ireland will double by 2040.

Age Friendly Ireland says our nation has an aging population which brings about a number of challenges.

A major conference examining ways to help Ireland set out a vision for an age-friendly society will take place in Dublin today.