Morning top 5: Coalition talks reach impasse; David Drumm due to appear in court

The top stories this Friday morning...

Government talks appear to have reached an impasse - with no further talks of any sort scheduled so far.

A minority government is now the only option, after Fianna Fáil yesterday rejected an offer for coalition.

As of this morning, neither the Independent Alliance of six TDs, nor the Rural Alliance of five, have been invited to any further talks.


Refugees and migrants have clashed with Greek riot police during a protest near the country's border with Macedonia.

The violence in Idomeni comes ahead of the resumption of deportations today as part of a controversial EU migrant-swap deal with Turkey.

Under the agreement Turkey will have one Syrian refugee removed, for every person it takes back from Greece.

The deportations had officially started last Monday, but hit a stumbling block when authorities were not able to keep up with the numbers applying for asylum.


David Drumm is due to make his first appearance before Dublin Circuit Criminal Court this morning after being sent forward for trial.

Last month, Dublin District Court approved a €150,000 bail package for Mr Drumm following his extradition from Boston.

The DPP directed he be tried before judge and jury on 33 charges, which include forgery, false accounting and conspiracy to defraud.


A 28-year-old man will appear in court in Derry this morning charged with the sectarian murder of a civil servant in Northern Ireland in 2006.

Paul McCauley was beaten by loyalists on Chapel Road in Derry in July 2006. He died last June in a care facility, nine years after the attack.

The man charged with his murder is also expected to face charges of grievous bodily harm and attempted grievous bodily harm.


Pope Francis is due to publish the Catholic Church's new rules on love, sex and marriage today.

The issues of same-sex couples and divorce are expected to be covered.

The 200-page apostolic exhortation will clarify what the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics should now practice when it comes to family life.