Morning top 5: Muhammad Ali dies aged 74; River Seine in Paris reaches highest level in 35 years

The top stories this Saturday morning...

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has died at the age of 74.

A family spokesperson confirmed he passed away in hospital in Phoenix Arizona - after a 32 year fight with Parkinson's disease.

It is reported he had been suffering from respiratory complications.


Born Cassius Clay he converted to Islam and became Muhammad Ali - however he was known to millions as 'The Greatest'.

In 1972 Ali fought Al Blue Lewis in Croke Park, and returned to Ireland in 2003 when he attended the venue for the Special Olympics.

In 2009 he visited Ennis, County Clare, the birthplace of his great-grandfather, Abe Grady, who emigrated from the town to the US in the 1860s.


The River Seine in Paris has reached its highest level in 35 years.

5,000 people have been evacuated from their homes after the water breached the nine-metre level.

Heavy rainfall is persisting across central Europe, with at least 16 people dead following the flooding.


A 36-year-old Irish woman has been arrested after cannabis worth €94,000 was discovered during a raid in Galway.

As part of a joint operation between gardai and Customs, a search took place at a house in Knocknacarra yesterday and just under 5 Kilograms of cannabis was seized.

The drugs had originated in West Africa and were concealed in dried fish.


A Dublin TD says gardaí are being forced to tackle the capital's gangland problem with "one hand tied behind their back".

Fianna Fáil's Darragh O'Brien says there needs to be an immediate escalation in the process of Garda recruitment.

He says Garda numbers in the Dublin region are down 20% on where they should be - due to Government neglect over recent years.