Morning top 5: Clock ticks on teachers pay; Beyoncé and Clinton; Defence Forces honoured

The top stories this Saturday morning

Representatives from the Association of Secondary School Teachers will meet with officials at the Department of Education this afternoon in a final effort to resolve a long-running pay dispute.

The pressure is on both sides to reach agreement ahead of planned industrial action on Monday, which will see 400 schools closed around the country.

Some 200,000 secondary school pupils will not be returning to school after the mid-term break, unless the ASTI and the Government manage to find common ground on a proposed pay deal.


With just three days to go until the US presidential elections, Hillary Clinton has received the support of one of the most powerful couples in music.

Beyoncé and Jay Z shared a stage with the Democratic candidate at a free concert in Ohio.

But speaking at a rally in Pennsylvania, her Republican rival Donald Trump says he does not need celebrity endorsement.

"I didn't have to bring JLo or Jay Z - the only way she gets anybody - I'm here all by myself," he told a crowd.


The US military says it has killed a senior al-Qaeda leader in a drone strike.

Faruq al-Qatani, who was based in northeastern Afghanistan, died in Kunar on October 23rd.

The Pentagon is still assessing the results of a separate strike on the same day targeting another leader of the militant group in the country.


Gardaí are seeking the public's help in tracing a number of missing people around the country.

In Meath, gardaí in Navan are attempting to trace the whereabouts of missing teenager Ronnie Wilde (16).

While in Dublin a search is underway for two men: 32-year-old Diarmuid Lawlor and 27-year-old Marcel Tiba.

Anyone with information is asked to contact their local garda station.


Members of the Defence Forces will be honoured for their humanitarian work today.

A presentation ceremony will be held in Cork to award the 'Defence Forces International Operational Service Medal' to crews who have taken part in certain overseas missions.

Members of the LÉ Niamh and those deployed to Sierra Leone to combat the Ebola crisis will be honoured for their service.