Morning top 5: FG holding lead over FF; Irish man dies in Egypt; and Trump's power to pardon

The top stories this Sunday morning

A new opinion poll shows Fine Gael continuing to hold a minor lead over Fianna Fáil.

The Kantar Millward Browne poll for the Sunday Independent puts Fine Gael at 30%, with Fianna Fáil one point behind on 29%.

That is a nine-point swing in Fine Gael's favour since the last poll in February.

Sinn Féin are unchanged on 20%, with Labour and independents on 7% each, and the Independent Alliance on 5%.


An Irish man has died after an accident in Egypt.

The Department of Foreign Affairs are providing assistance to his family.

The man, aged in his 30s, died after a diving accident.

It is said to have happened near the beach resort of Dahab.


There has been a 57% rise in emergency ambulance calls in the South East since 2014.

The number of life threatening calls in the same period increased by 33% from 2014 to 2016.

Sinn Féin Deputy David Cullinane says these figures are similar right across the country.


Thousands of households are without water in the north east.

It follows a burst pipe on a major water main.

Irish Water crews having been working on the problem since Friday, which is affecting parts of Louth and Meath.


US President Donald Trump has insisted he has complete power to pardon.

Reports suggest he has been looking at ways to pardon himself and his family if a special investigation finds any of them guilty of colluding with Russia during the election campaign.

A Democratic spokesperson says the reports are disturbing.