Morning top 5: Citizens' assembly on abortion meets in Dublin; Trump dismisses new allegations

The headlines this Saturday morning...

The citizens' assembly set up to consider the future of the eighth amendment, and other matters, meets for the first time today.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will officially launch the body, made up of 99 randomly selected Irish citizens.

The group is meeting in Dublin Castle this afternoon but will only examine the issue of abortion next month.


Parents could be brought in keep secondary schools open after teachers voted to strike.

The ASTI announced yesterday it will hold seven days of strike action in October, November and December, and withdraw from supervision and substitution duties from November 7th.

The Irish Times reports that Department of Education officials are considering hiring parents to become supervisors for €38 a day, but that schools will unlikely have time to vet and recruit them.


About 150 countries have agreed to a deal reducing greenhouse gases far more powerful than carbon dioxide in an effort to fight climate change.

The agreement divides countries into three groups with different deadlines to reduce the use of factory-made hydrofluorocarbon gases, according to Rwandan minister Vinncent Biruta.

The developed nations, including most of Europe and the US, will reduce their use of the gas by 10% before 2019, reaching 85% by 2036.


Donald Trump has described one of the woman accusing him of sexual assault as a "horrible woman".

The US Republican presidential candidate dismissed that the latest allegations against him as a "total setup" designed to discredit him.

It comes after US first lady Michelle Obama slammed Mr Trump's treatment of women, saying that his "obscene" comments had shaken her "to my core". 


Former Coronation Street star Jean Alexander - who played the role of Hilda Ogden in the soap for more than 20 years - has died aged 90.

The actress, who played one of the Manchester drama's best known and loved characters from 1964 and 1987, died three days after her 90th birthday.

Her niece Sonia Hearld said she had spend some time in hospital in Southport recently and died peacefully there yesterday.