Morning top 5: Last-ditch efforts to avert general election; TV licence report to be published today

The top stories this Tuesday morning...

The Taoiseach and Fianna Fáil leader will meet again this morning in a last-ditch attempt to avert a snap general election.

It emerged yesterday that Frances Fitzgerald received additional emails detailing the proposed Garda legal strategy against whistleblower Maurice McCabe.

This morning's meeting comes ahead of a proposed Dáil debate on a no confidence motion in the Tánaiste.


Frances Fitzgerald tweeted to say that as Justice Minister she could not interfere with the O'Higgins Commission.

She added that the Disclosures Tribunal "will objectively judge the appropriateness" of her conduct.

Sinn Féin, meanwhile, argued that the "case for the defence for Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald [...] has now collapsed" in the wake of yesterday's developments.


A new report on the funding of public service broadcasting is being published today.

The Oireachtas communications committee will make recommendations as to how to tackle TV licence fee evasion and raise an additional €30 million a year.

The recommendations reportedly include Revenue taking over the fee collection from An Post.


Donald Trump has caused controversy at an event honouring Native American war veterans by referring to a Democratic senator as "Pocahontas".

The remark - described as a "racial slur" by critics - was made during a speech at the White House to celebrate Navajo code talkers who served during World War II.

After describing the war heroes as "incredible" and "very special people", the President quickly went on to disparage Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren.


Bali's airport will remain closed for another day because of volcanic ash.

Thousands of holidaymakers are unable to leave and locals within an evacuation zone are being urged to flee their homes.

There are fears a huge eruption could happen at any time.