Morning top 5: Derry remembers McGuinness; Halawa assessment; and Scottish vote

The top stories this Wednesday morning

Hundreds of people turned out to pay their respects to Martin McGuinness in Derry overnight.

A vigil was held in his honour after the remains of the former Deputy First Minister and senior IRA member were brought home, ahead of his funeral tomorrow.

Requiem mass will be held at St Columba's Church Longtower at 2.00pm, before interment in the city cemetery.

Irish and British politicians from across the political divides have been paying tribute to Mr McGuinness, who died Tuesday at the age of 66.


The Government is to send an independent medical expert to assess Ibrahim Halawa in prison in Egypt.

The health of the Dubliner is understood to be deteriorating rapidly.

His family says he is receiving glucose injections to keep him alive.

The 21-year-old has been detained since August 2013.


The Coast Guard hopes a weather window will allow dive teams to access the site of crashed Rescue 116 helicopter off the Mayo coast today.

Late last night they managed to get a remotely operated vehicle into the water off Blacksod to gain a better view of the crash site.

It comes after the Air Accident Investigation Unit confirmed on Monday the helicopter hit rocks around Black Rock Island.


Nicola Sturgeon faces a make-or-break vote in the Scottish Parliament later as MSPs decide whether or not to back her fight for a second independence referendum.

The First Minister will call on MSPs to back her request to Westminster for a Section 30 order, allowing for a legally-binding vote to be held.

Last week, Ms Sturgeon announced plans to hold another vote on Scotland's future some time between autumn 2018 and spring 2019, but Prime Minister Theresa May asserted "now is not the time" for another referendum.


US President Donald Trump has been criticised by his own nominee to the Supreme Court.

At his nomination hearing in Washington, Judge Neil Gorsuch was asked about Trump's attacks on federal judges who blocked his travel ban.

Judge Gorsitch says the criticism was very unfair.