Morning top 5: Putin considers retaliation; Ireland the most pro-Europe country; and general election next year?

The top stories this Friday morning

Vladimir Putin says he will consider retaliating after Washington hit Russia with sanctions over alleged hacking during the US presidential election.

Among the measures, the Obama administration has given 35 Russian diplomats 72 hours to leave the country.

President Obama says the hacks could only have been directed by the highest levels of the Russian government.

The diplomats being asked to leave work at the Russian embassy in Washington, and at the country's consulate in San Francisco.

Moscow has denied hacking.


A new poll reveals Ireland to be the most pro-Europe country out of the European Union.

Research carried out by RED C shows 80% of Irish people saying they are happy with Europe - Iceland is the next most optimistic country.

Greece, France and Italy are far more uncertain, revealing they would choose a vote out of Europe if given the opportunity.


The Taoiseach says a general election next year is the last thing on his mind.

Enda Kenny says the minority coalition has a three year confidence and supply arrangement with Fianna Fáil.

The Taoiseach is also the longest serving politician in the Dáil and says making predictions about elections is not always easy.


A man is being questioned as part of an investigation into the abduction and disappearance of Charles Brooke Pickard in Kerry over 25 years ago.

The man, in his 60s, was arrested on Wednesday and is being detained at Killarney garda station under Section 30 of the Offences Against The State Act.

Married father of four Charles Brooke Pickard was last seen being bundled into his van near Castlecove by a number of men on April 26th 1991.


A Syrian ceasefire which came into effect last night appears to be holding.

There was some concern that fighting would continue, as confusion remains as to whether Islamic State and al-Qaeda are among the rebel groups which have signed the deal.

The truce has been arranged by Russia and Turkey, in a bid to explore political solutions to the ongoing Syrian war.