Morning top 5: Taoiseach speaks with VP-elect Mike Pence; man remains in custody over drug seizure

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny and US vice president-elect Mike Pence have spoken on the phone.

The Taoiseach expressed his intention to engage positively with the new administration on a number of issues.

Mr Kenny also raised the issue of the undocumented Irish in the US - and expressed his determination to work on a solution to the issue.

In a statement, Mr Kenny says Mr Pence expressed an in-depth understanding of Irish and Irish/American issues during a conversation that lasted 15 minutes.


A man remains in custody following a major drug seizure in Dublin.

Cocaine with an estimated street value of €1.5m was discovered at a property on Rathmines Road yesterday morning.

The search was part of an ongoing operation. 

The man is being detained at Rathmines Garda Station under section 2 of the Criminal Justice Act.


The Social Democrats have accused the Government of mishandling the public pay crisis.

It comes as SIIPTU says more pay claims are to come from its Transport, Energy and Construction Division.

The party says the focus needs to be on providing more affordable housing, healthcare and insurance - rather than simply increasing pay across the board.

It's holding its first national conference today, which will also look at accessible education and transparency in politics.

Co-leader of the party Deputy Roisin Shortall says finances will continue to be tight, and other solutions have to be looked at.


President-elect Donald Trump has settled three lawsuits in the US for $25 million.

Mr Trump was being sued by former students at Trump University who paid for programs that promised to share his secrets of the real estate industry.

He has always denied the allegations.

New York State Attorney-General Eric T Schneiderman says his office sued Mr Trump for "swindling thousands of innocent Americans out of millions of dollars through a scheme known as Trump University".

"Donald Trump fought us every step of the way, filing baseless charges and fruitless appeals to settle for even modest amounts of compensation for the victims of his phony university", Schneiderman adds.

He says the settlement is "a stunning reversal by Donald Trump and a major victory for the over 6,000 victims of his fraudulent university".


The Men's Development Network are running a White Ribbon Campaign to mark International Men's Day today.

The campaigns aims to show that mean care about ending violence and gender inequality.