Morning top 5: New public pay deal reached; UK heads to polls

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Almost a quarter of a million public sector workers will be waking up to a new pay deal today.

Agreement was reached in talks at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) overnight.

Proposals include salary increases of up to 10% over the next three years - employees with smaller pensions will get the biggest raises.

Workers will now be balloted on whether they wish to accept the new terms.


Around 30 million voters are going to the polls in the General Election called by Theresa May just over seven weeks ago.

Polling stations all over the UK are open from 7am until 10pm on Thursday, with the results being declared overnight and throughout Friday.

Polling day follows a frantic dash for votes in the final 24 hours of campaigning by the Prime Minister, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and the Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron.


Ousted FBI director James Comey will give evidence later over the scandal engulfing Washington.

Comey will be questioned about whether he was asked by the US President Donald Trump to stop an investigation into the White House's links with Russia.

His statement released last night claimed the President demanded his 'loyalty'.


Myanmar's military says it's found the wreckage of a military plane that went missing yesterday with more than 120 people on board, including children.

The aircraft lost contact about half an hour after take off from a city in the south east of the country, which is also known as Burma.

Bodies, part of a wheel and life jackets have been discovered in the sea.


New rankings put NUI Galway in the top one percent of universities in the world.

This is the fifth successive year it's risen in the QS World University Rankings.

Joining the university in the top 250 are University College Dublin (UCD) and Trinity.