Morning top 5: Second weekend of election campaign gets underway; Pope meets with head of Russian Orthodox Church

The top stories this Saturday morning...

It's the second weekend of the General Election campaign and the political parties are continuing their canvassing campaigns around the country.

Later this morning Labour will publish plans for community policing, with Joan Burton canvassing locally in Blanchardstown.

Fianna Fáil's Michéal Martin will canvas in Sligo Town, Kinlough and Tubbercurry.

Fine Gael will publish proposals to develop the agri-food sector, while Sinn Féin will outline what they propose to do for young people if they get into government.


The Pope has met with head of the Russian Orthodox Church in Cuba - the first time the leaders of the two churches have met.

It marks the end of a 1,000-year-old rift between the Christian bodies.

The historic meeting with Patriarch Kirill took place in Cuba, where Pope Francis described it as 'God's will'.


Angela Merkel has given David Cameron's EU reform plans a boost.

The British Prime Minister is insisting he is fighting to get the changes his country needs to stay in the European Union.

They will be discussed at a key summit in Brussels next week that could decide when the UK votes in a referendum.

The German Chancellor says she thinks the reforms will "benefit Europe as a whole".


A man remains in a serious condition in hospital this morning following a road crash in County Louth yesterday.

The Carlingford Omeath Road had been closed overnight to facilitate a garda investigation.

The man who was the driver of the car was taken to Newry for treatment following the crash at Ballyoonan Omeath.


An under cover investigation carried out by the BBC has found secret groups of paedophiles actively posting and swapping pictures of children online.

According to the BBC, there are photographs of children - some explicit - on Facebook within 'private groups'.

Of the twenty images reported to Facebook, four were taken down while the others remained up.

The BBC reports the social media giant said the other pictures children reported did not breach its "community standards" .