Morning top 5: Fresh row over water charges; Trump addresses Congress for first time

The top stories this Wednesday morning...

Donald Trump has pledged a "renewal of the American spirit" as he laid out a series of bold promises in his first speech to Congress.

As well as rebuilding America's military, the President pledged to extinguish the "vile enemy" that is ISIS and provide "massive" tax relief for the middle class.

He called on Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare in order to "expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and at the same time, provide better healthcare".


A fresh row has emerged over water charges.

The deal between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil included setting up an Oireachtas Committee to decide the future of water charges - with the Housing Minister Simon Coveney to introduce whatever laws that new system would require.

But in a dramatic intervention last night, Minister Coveney said he would not bring forward those laws if the new system didn't include charges for households who waste water.


The Transport Minister is set to face questions today over his handling of the Bus Éireann dispute.

It's after SIPTU and the NBRU announced an all out strike from Monday - in response to the company's cost saving measures.

It includes two routes being cut and two more being scaled back - while thousands of commuters will face widespread disruption because of the industrial action.


A move to formally recognise the ethnic status of the Traveller community is being described as 'historic'.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will make the declaration in the Dáil this evening - following discussions in Cabinet and a report from an Oireachtas committee earlier this year.

It is seen as the final formal step in giving an official legal status to the Travelling Community.


Two women accused of smearing a nerve agent on the half brother of North Korea's leader have appeared in court in Malaysia charged with murder.

Kim Jong-nam - who had previously criticised his family's regime - was attacked at an airport in Kuala Lumpur last month.

The women, from Indonesia and Vietnam, reportedly say they thought it was a harmless prank as part of a TV show.