Morning top 5: Martin attacks Sinn Féin; shooting in Athlone; and Mugabe's future

The top stories this Saturday morning

Fianna Fáil leader Michael Martin has criticised Sinn Féin, saying the party "as unsuitable for government as ever."

He was reacting to news that Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams will step down next year.

Speaking in Dublin on Saturday night, Mr Martin said: "Today’s Sinn Fein has always been about putting the Provisional movement first.

"The party is much more than the person and the party remains as unreformed and as unsuitable for government as ever."


It is claimed Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party will decide to remove Robert Mugabe as its leader at a special meeting this morning.

The man who leads the campaign to oust the ruler says Mr Mugabe's wife will also be dismissed from her political role.

Yesterday, thousands of protesters took to the streets in an unprecedented show of opposition to their president.


Argentina's Navy is doubling the search for a missing submarine with 44 crew on board after picking up distress calls.

Seven brief messages were received on a satellite.

Strong winds and twenty-foot waves continue to hinder the operation.


Gardaí are investigating a shooting in Athlone in Co Westmeath.

It is understood a man was shot in the leg during an incident at Castlemaine Street shortly after 10.00pm last night.

The area was sealed off for technical examination and gardaí are appealing for witnesses.


World Health Organisation (WHO) data shows men's life expectancy globally is 69 years.

Women are expected to live five years longer to 74.

Today is International Men's Day celebrating men and boys.