Morning top 5: Israel reacts to UN vote; Enda Kenny on terrorism; and ferry disruption

The top stories this Saturday morning

Israel has accused America of abandonment after it allowed the United Nations to pass a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories.

The Obama administration defied calls from the Israeli Prime Minister and Donald Trump to use its veto - and instead abstained.

The resolution - which Israel has already dismissed as "absurd" - was first tabled by Egypt, but they withdrew it under pressure from the Israelis and Donald Trump.

The President-elect wanted the US to veto the resolution when it was re-tabled by New Zealand, Malaysia, Senegal and Venezuela.


The Taoiseach has admitted Ireland cannot consider itself safe from terrorism.

But Enda Kenny insists the State's security services are always vigilant about the possibility of an attack here.

Security has been stepped up around Europe in the wake of Monday's attack on a Christmas market in Berlin which left 12 people dead.

You can hear a full hour-long interview with Enda Kenny on Talking Point with Sarah Carey on Newstalk at 9.00am.


There is further disruption to some ferry services on the Irish Sea as a weather warning remains in place.

Irish Ferries has cancelled its Dublin Swift service to and from Holyhead.

It says passengers will be accommodated on other services.

Stena Line also says there could be some disruption to its sailings.


Rent caps will come into effect for Cork and Dublin today.

President Michael D Higgins signed the legislation yesterday which will see the annual increase being limited to 4%.


Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher is in a 'critical condition' in hospital, after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles.

The actress reportedly fell ill 15 minutes before landing.

Her brother says she is in intensive care.

The 60-year-old played Princess Leia in the original films.