Morning top 5: Public pay expected to dominate cabinet meeting; Obama begins visit to Europe

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The Government is coming under increasing pressure to open talks on a brand new public pay deal - just four months after Lansdowne Road came into effect.

The growing number of public sector pay claims are likely to dominate this morning's cabinet meeting.

The Irish Medical Organisation is the latest union to say it will ballot members on industrial action, after the government pulled out of talks on restoring junior doctors' "living out allowance".


Barack Obama heads for Europe today for his final foreign trip as US President.

His first stop is in Greece, where he is expected to call on Europeans to maintain their unity in the face of the refugee crisis.

Later this week he will travel to Germany where he will meet Chancellor Angela Merkel.


The Transport Minister is to bring a new review into rail services to Government later.

The figures from the National Transport Authority and Iarnród Eireann show the line between Limerick and Ballybrophy is the most expensive in the country.

With running costs reaching over €500 per passenger, it carries just 73 people per day.


One-in-three people say they may have to move to cities get better broadband.

Two new studies have shown that connections in some rural areas are so bad that emails cannot be opened.

The Irish Independent claims the worst area is Legan in Longford, which has an average download speed 36 times slower than parts of Dublin.


Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin have agreed they will work together to tackle international terrorism and extremism, the Kremlin says.

The two men spoke for the first time on the telephone since Mr Trump's unexpected election victory last Tuesday.

The Kremlin added they will work towards "constructive co-operation" to improve "the extremely unsatisfactory state of Russian-US relations at present".