Morning top 5: Netherlands expels Turkish minister; Kenny in US; and An Post closures

The top stories this Sunday morning...

Turkey says it will retaliate in the "harshest ways" after Dutch authorities detained and expelled the Turkish family affairs minister from the country.

They also banned Ankara's foreign minister from addressing a rally in Rotterdam yesterday.

Protests have broken out in both countries.

Demonstrators had gathered outside the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam to show support for Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

Mr Erdogan is looking to gain support from the large number of Turkish people living in Europe to help clinch victory in a referendum that could give him sweeping new powers.


Enda Kenny says getting legalised immigration status for Irish people in America is an "absolute priority" this week.

He made the comments as he began a week-long trip to the United States, culminating in a meeting with President Donald Trump.

This trip might well be Mr Kenny's last as Taoiseach, if the signals at home are anything to go by.

His tour of the USA this week is among his busiest - taking in Boston, Rhode Island, Washington and New York.


Prayers will be held in Wicklow this afternoon for the victims of a fire at a domestic violence support facility in Dublin.

27-year-old Annmarie O'Brien, her two year old daughter Paris, and their cousins three-year-old Holly and four-year-old Jordan were killed in the blaze that broke out on Wednesday morning in Clondalkin.

Brigid O'Brien remains in a critical condition in hospital, where her family are keeping a bedside vigil.


An Post is said to be considering closing 200 outlets around the country.

According to the Sunday Independent, the mail company now believes closing 80 post offices, as suggested in the Kerr report, will not go far enough to shore up its finances.

The newspaper says a full decision will be taken by An Post by this summer on how it will deal with its money woes.


Joni Sledge, who recorded the dance anthem We Are Family with her three sisters, has died aged 60.

Sledge was discovered dead at her home in Phoenix, Arizona, by a friend on Friday.

The band's publicist, Biff Warren, said a cause of death has not been established and that Sledge had not been ill.

Sledge and her sisters Debbie, Kim and Kathy formed Sister Sledge in 1971.