Morning top 5: Donald Trump names US Supreme Court nominee; Bus Éireann workers vote for strike action

The top stories this Wednesday morning...

Neil Gorsuch has been chosen by the US president as the Supreme Court nominee.

Donald Trump says the Oxford-educated conservative has "a superb intellect" and "an unparalleled legal education".

The Supreme Court has the final say on issues like abortion, the death penalty and LGBT rights.


Three of the unions representing drivers at Bus Éireann have now voted in favour of strike action.

Unite members have joined SIPTU and the NBRU in voting for industrial action following the company's threat of unilateral pay cuts from the 20th of this month.


The Arts Council says Sebastian Barry's 'craft of writing' has been recognised with his Costa Book of the Year Award.

It is the 61-yer-old's second win - making him the only novelist to scoop the top prize twice.

His latest work Days Without End - which is about the relationship between two gay men in 1850s America - has been described as 'compelling, moving and lyrical'.


The Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan is in Washington to meet with a number of senior US politicians.

Minister Flanagan is today scheduled to meet meet US House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.


Snooker legend Jimmy White says he's "gutted" after losing most of his possessions in a fire at his home in Surrey in the UK.

The former Masters winner posted a picture on Twitter of smoke coming from the flat.

He says everything gone's after flames engulfed the property - but fortunately his snooker cue was in his car.