Morning top 5: RTÉ documentary prompts calls for corruption agency; pensioner found dead in Monaghan floods

The headlines this morning

Councillor Joe Queenan has resigned from Fianna Fáil  following last night's documentary by RTE's Investigations Unit in which he was filmed asking for an investment in his company in return for help with planning in County Sligo.

The RTÉ programme also showed former Fine Gael Councillor Hugh McElvaney of Monaghan, and Independent Donegal councillor John O'Donnell requesting money in return for help in getting planning permission for wind farms.

In the wake of last night's report the Social Democrats have called for the creation of a new and effective agency to take on all forms of corruption.


The body of a pensioner swept away in flood water has been found in County Monaghan.

The body of Ivan Vaughan (70) was found around 10 metres from his car yesterday morning.

It is thought he was returning to his home on Sunday night when he was swept away.

Meanwhile, Cabinet Ministers are to discuss emergency funding this morning, for areas affected by flooding in the wake of Storm Desmond.


Oscar Pistorius is expected to appear in court to apply for bail after having his manslaughter conviction changed to one of murder.

The athlete is currently under house arrest.

A date for a new sentencing hearing is also likely to be set today.

Pistorius faces a minimum 15 years behind bars for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.


Gardaí have issued an appeal for witnesses after a hit and run in north Dublin yesterday.

The crash, which happened after an attempted robbery from a van near Kilshane Cross in Finglas, left one man seriously injured.

It is understood the victim was hit while the suspect was trying to make his getaway in a Mazda car.


The White House has condemned a call from Donald Trump to ban all Muslims from entering the US.

A senior official has called the comment contrary to American values.

The Republican presidential candidate said he wanted a "total and complete shutdown" of Muslims entering the United States, following last week's mass shooting in California by a Muslim couple.