Morning top 5: Dáil to debate motion of confidence; fresh Bus Éireann talks; and Dublin Tech Summit

The top stories on this Wednesday morning...

The Cabinet will meet again later to work on terms of reference for the Tribunal of Inquiry into allegations of a smear campaign against Maurice McCabe.

But the Independent Alliance have raised concerns about the performance of the Taoiseach in answering questions in the Dáil last night.

However, they're unlikely not to support the government in a motion of confidence to be taken tonight.


Talks aimed at averting next week's all-out strike at Bus Éireann take place today.

The Workplace Relations Commission has invited unions and the company to separate talks to see if there's room for a resolution.

The National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) and SIPTU are opposed to the company's cost-cutting plan, which will see the reduction of staff pay and bonuses.

Bus Éireann claims the measures are needed to save the troubled firm from insolvency.


Donald Trump's national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned after the President lost trust in him, the White House says.

Mr Trump had been "very concerned" the retired army lieutenant general misled Vice President Mike Pence and others, spokesman Sean Spicer said.

Mr Spicer said General Flynn forgot "critical details" about his phone call on 29 December with Russia's ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak, creating "a critical mass and an unsustainable situation".

But the press secretary insisted Gen Flynn had stepped down over a "matter of trust" rather than a legal issue.

He also pointed out there had been a "series of other questionable instances".


A post-mortem will be carried out later on a North Korean believed to be the half-brother of the country's leader Kim Jong-Un.

South Korea's spy agency says that Kim Jong-Nam was poisoned by two suspected North Korean female agents at Kuala Lumpur's international airport on Monday.

Kim, 45, was murdered on his way between the Malaysian capital and the Chinese territory of Macau, where he had been living under Chinese protection.

The women used poisoned needles to kill him and immediately fled the scene in a taxi, according to the South Korean broadcaster TV Chosun, citing Seoul government sources.


Over 10,000 people are expected to attend the Dublin Tech Summit over the next two days.

The event - which takes place in the Convention Centre - will see global leaders in innovation, technology and business come together to discuss the future of technology.

It's expected to be a major boost for the economy and tourism, with over half of the attendees coming from overseas.