Morning top 5: Fine Gael leadership voting begins; Further arrest in Manchester; Irish movie scoops major Cannes award

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Voting opens in the Fine Gael leadership election today - after Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney faced off in a heated final head-to-head debate in Cork last night.

The two clashed on issues like property tax and they both attacked each other's plans for the party.

It was all smiles afterwards, but the increasing nerves are beginning to show on both sides.

The first of the 26 polling stations for Fine Gael members will open this evening, while others will be open on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The parliamentary party votes on Friday, with the winner to be known that afternoon.


A 23-year-old man has been arrested overnight on suspicion of terror offences in connection with the Manchester bombing.

It brings to 14 the number of people being questioned by police.

Officers carried out a number of searches and raids across the city yesterday, while the British Home Secretary said the investigation was still at 'full tilt.'

54 people injured in the attack are still being treated in hospital - with 19 of them critical.


There are calls on the Health Minister to outline the progress he's made regarding the ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital.

Simon Harris asked for a month on April 28th to allow him to talk to the relevant stakeholders and review the agreement - which would see the facility built on land owned by the Sisters of Charity.

Opponents say the fact that the hospital is to be built on land owned by a religious order could see women being denied access to services that are against Catholic faith.

AIMS Ireland (Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services Ireland) - which represents maternity service users - says that this month is now up and is demanding to know the outcome of the talks.


The role of religion in primary school admissions will be discussed at a major forum today.

Minister for Education Richard Bruton will hold the forum at Croke Park and will hear from various groups and organisations on the subject.

Children and family rights organisation EQUATE will be in attendance - it says religion should no longer be a consideration in whether children are allowed access to state-funded schools.

The forum is part of a wider consultation process on the issue.


A new Irish movie, starring Colin Farrell, has scooped one of the top prizes at the Cannes Film Festival.

'The Killing of a Sacred Deer' - described as a thriller-horror - was awarded Best Screenplay.

It is co-produced by Dublin film company Element Pictures and tells the story of a surgeon who adopts a teenage boy.

The film is directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, who also worked with Farrell on 'The Lobster.'