Morning top 5: Funeral of Captain Dara Fitzpatrick takes place today; man due in court over fatal stabbing

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The funeral takes place this morning of Captain Dara Fitzpatrick who died after Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 116 crashed earlier this week.

The search is continuing for her three fellow crew members off the County Mayo coast - despite expected poor weather conditions.

Meanwhile, the Minister for Defence Paul Kehoe has asked for the Aviation Authority to be given the space it needs to investigate the Rescue 116 tragedy.


A man in his 40s is due to appear in court this morning in connection with a fatal stabbing in Dublin.

Another man in his 40s died following the attack at a house on Harmonstown Road in Artane on Thursday evening.

The man charged in relation to the incident is due before the Criminal Courts of Justice later.


The Taoiseach Enda Kenny returns to Ireland today following his St. Patrick's Day visit to the US.

Mr Kenny said there are too many serious issues in play for him to consider stepping down yet.

Speaking in New York overnight he said he can't leave until a new government's been appointed in Northern Ireland and the terms of reference for Brexit talks are agreed.

Before travelling to the US Enda Kenny told his Parliamentary Party that he would deal with the leadership issue after the St Patrick's Day trip.


Michael Conlan has made a victorious debut at Madison Square Garden’s Theater Arena, recording a third-round stoppage over American Tim Ibarra.

Referee Benjy Esteves Jr stepped in at 59 seconds of the third round as Conlan teed off on his 26-year-old opponent, who did not offer any defence when trapped on the ropes.

The Belfast native attracted a sizeable crowd to the famous fight venue’s Theater with a 5,102 sell-out crowd present.


Donald Trump has deflected questions about allegations GCHQ spied on him, saying he was just repeating somebody else's claims.

In a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the US President was asked whether he regretted tweeting the claim that the Obama administration had wiretapped Trump Towers during the election.

In his reply, he made a reference to claims that Mrs Merkel had been the subject of surveillance by Mr Obama in 2010 and appeared to lay the blame for the original allegation on Fox News.

He said: "As far as wiretapping (gesturing to Mrs Merkel), this past administration, at least we have something in common perhaps.

"We said nothing - all we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television. I didn't make any opinion on it."