Morning top 5: Leo Varadkar to meet Donald Tusk in Dublin; one dead and two injured after Co Longford crash

The top stories this Friday morning...

As the Taoiseach prepares to meet the European Council President today - a new report claims a hard border is 'inevitable' after Brexit.

A committee of British MPs says pulling out of the single market and the customs union would make it impossible to achieve a "frictionless" border.

Meanwhile, Leo Varadkar and Donald Tusk will discuss the issue in Dublin later ahead of a crucial EU Summit later this month.


A person has died following a three-car collision in Co Longford last night.

It is understood two others were injured in the crash which happened near the town of Drumlish shortly before 8pm.

A Garda investigation is underway.


The Justice Minister has welcomed a report dismissing all allegations made by Garda whistleblower Keith Harrison and his partner Marisa Simms.

The couple had accused senior gardaí in Donegal of interfering in their home and family life due to malice against him.

But Chair of the Disclosures Tribunal, Mr Justice Peter Charleton, found the claims are "entirely without any validity".


A Mexican man has been found not guilty of murdering a woman on a San Francisco pier.

Kate Steinle (32) was fatally shot in the back as she walked on the pier with her father in 2015.

The case sparked an immigration debate which especially focused on San Francisco's sanctuary city policy, which limits the level of cooperation between local officials and US immigration authorities.

US President Donald Trump has described the verdict as "disgraceful".


The Little Mermaid has been chosen as the theme of tonight's Late Late Toyshow.

Over 1 million people are expected to watch, in 102 countries outside Ireland.

More than 200 young performers will take part in the show.