Morning top 5: Kenny set to address leadership issue; Trump facing fresh controversy over reported Comey memo

The top stories this Wednesday morning...

Donald Trump reportedly asked then-FBI director James Comey to drop an investigation into ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn and his Russia ties.

According to The New York Times and other reports, the US President made the request to Mr Comey during a February meeting.

"I hope you can let this go," Mr Trump reportedly told Mr Comey, with media citing an apparent memo Mr Comey wrote following the meeting.

The White House issued an immediate denial, saying the report is "not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr Comey".


The Taoiseach is to address the issue of his leadership at the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party this evening.

However, it is unclear if Enda Kenny will spark an immediate leadership election or delay his departure until later this summer.


A coalition of over 20 Irish NGOs is calling for greater action by the Government to prevent deaths in the Mediterranean.

More than 1,300 people have drowned trying to reach Europe so far this year.

The Irish Refugee and Migrant Coalition is critical of the government - pointing out we have taken in less than a third of the 4,000 people who were promised asylum.


Chelsea Manning - who leaked thousands of classified documents to Wikileaks - will be freed today.

The former intelligence analyst in Iraq shared secret military documents and battlefield videos.

She was originally sentenced to 35 years in prison - but Barack Obama commuted her sentence in his final days in office. 


The World Health Organisation (WHO) is warning that young people's health is being harmed by a dramatic rise in the use of social media and computer games.

Data shows children as young as 11 are spending increasing amounts of time on PCs, smartphones and tablets.

Over a 12 year period, use increased for both sexes - but it more than tripled for girls aged 15 and over.