Morning top 5: May meets Trump; Irish Brexit challenge; and historical visit

The top stories this Friday morning

Theresa May will today become the first world leader to meet Donald Trump since he became president.

The British Prime Minister was cheered by members of his party during a speech last night when she said his election win was a chance for America to be "stronger, greater, and more confident in the years ahead".

Donald Trump also seemed in good spirits as he looked ahead to discussions.


A legal challenge is being launched in the Irish High Court to determine whether Brexit is permanent.

The aim is to find out if Article 50 can be revoked if the UK ever decides to rejoin the EU.

The 'Good Law Project' will argue that Britain was excluded from European Council Brexit meetings, attended by Ireland.

It is hoped the case will be heard in March or April, around the time Theresa May is planning to trigger the leaving process.


It has emerged that the Department of Justice is being investigated by the Ombudsman, for its administration of the redress scheme for survivors of Magdalene Laundries.

The Justice for Magdalenes group says a High Court case has been adjourned, while reps from the Department of Justice explain why the investigation was not initially disclosed.

Two women are challenging the department's decision not to include them in the redress scheme, despite the fact the women worked in the laundries as children.


Two people have died after a light plane crashed into a river at an air show in Australia.

Thousands of spectators witnessed the sea plane trying to land on the Swan River in Perth as part of Australia Day celebrations.

300,000 people were expected at events in the city which were cancelled after what happened.


Michael D Higgins will become the first serving Irish president to visit Cuba.

The historic visit will take place next month as part of a trip to Latin America.

President Higgins confirmed the visit yesterday, following invitations from the heads of state in Cuba, Colombia and Peru.