Morning top 5: Paul Murphy accuses Taoiseach of defaming him; pension waiting list; and Donald Trump in France

The top stories this Friday morning

Paul Murphy has accused the Taoiseach of defaming him, and is to make an official complaint to the Dáil authorities.

He says Leo Varadkar accused him of criminal behaviour in the Dáil on Wednesday - and is also complaining about four other Fine Gael TDs.

The claims come in a letter to be delivered to the Leinster House authorities today.


A new economic report suggests workers should be forced to wait an extra five years for their pension.

The ESRI think-tank says 70 should be the new age for statutory retirement.

The theory is that people are living longer so the Government needs to change its State budgets.


Donald Trump has hinted he could change his mind on the US pulling out of the international Paris climate change deal.

The French president insisted they will continue to talk about combating global warming.

Mr Trump is in France to celebrate Bastile Day.


The Health Minister says an international expert will carry out a review of cardiac services across the country.

It follows a cross-party meeting yesterday on the future of cardiac care in the South East.

Simon Harris says the review aims to ensure that as many patients as possible have access on a 24/7 basis to safe emergency interventions following a heart attack.


Investigations will begin this morning into the cause of a fire at a vacant shopping centre in Naas, Co Kildare.

It is understood part of the building is still under construction and the extent of the damage is unclear.

There are no reports of injuries.