Morning top 5: Pat Hickey curfew, US-Russia deal and two overnight road crashes

The headlines this Saturday morning...

A judge in Brazil has accepted charges against former Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey.

Mr Hickey, THG Sports director Kevin Mallon and eight others are accused of charges including ticket touting, money laundering, false marketing and tax evasion.

In a ruling published last night, Judge Juliana Leal de Melo accepted the recommendation put forward by a public prosecutor in Rio.


The US and Russia have unveiled a plan aimed at ending the Syrian civil war and leading to political transition in the country.

The agreement calls for a nationwide ceasefire to begin on September 12th - the start of the Muslim Eid al Adha holiday.

If the cessation of hostilities holds for seven days, it will be followed by an unlikely military partnership between the US and Russia to target Islamic State and al Qaeda.


Gardaí have appealed for witnesses after two men died in road collisions in Munster overnight. 

A male pedestrian in his later 60s was fatally injured when he was struck by a car in the Hospital area of Limerick.

Another man, in his 30s, was killed after his car collided with a fence in Ardcroney, Tipperary.


Dublin Bus services are back up and running this morning following two days of strike action.

Drivers finished their 48-hour work stoppage over pay at midnight on Friday. 

Further strike days are scheduled for this Thursday and Friday, with two others planned for September 23rd and 24th.


The government has been urged to pass legislation for a referendum on appealing the eighth amendment, rather than holding a citizens' assembly.

The pro-choice group ROSA is holding a day of action in Dublin to mobilise support for the bill being put forward by AAA-PBP TD Ruth Coppinger.

Events are taking place throughout the day, including mural painting, campaign stalls and street theatre.