Morning top 5: Taoiseach talks Brexit; Trump's new national security adviser; and First Dates star sentenced today

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The Taoiseach Enda Kenny will face the public today when he speaks at a major Brexit conference.

The event billed as an 'All Island Civic Dialogue' will take place in Dublin Castle this morning.

Addressing the discussion surrounding the leadership issue, the Taoiseach said his mind is on the future of the country.


The President of the United States Donald Trump's choice to be the new national security adviser has reportedly turned down the offer.

According to the Financial Times, retired vice admiral Robert Harward - who was in line for the job after Michael Flynn resigned - said he decided not to take up the post for personal reasons.

Meanwhile, President Trump insists he's been making progress during his first few weeks in office.

Trump says he can sense a new wave of optimism in the business world, insisted that Russia's president isn't trying to provoke him and promised that he'll keep putting pressure on Iran.

President Donald Trump signs H.J. Res. 38 in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Image: Carolyn Kaster AP/Press Association Images


A woman who appeared in the first season of First Dates Ireland is due to be sentenced today for harassing celebrity chef Dylan McGrath.

Daphney Sanasie, of Jamestown Road in Dublin 8, bombarded him with over 100 texts and calls after he asked her to leave him alone.

The court heard previously that she began harassing him after they’d been on two dates together in 2015.


Microsoft is expected to reveal plans to hire 600 people for its Irish operations later.

The announcement will take place at the company's Dublin campus at Sandyford Business Park this morning. 


Unions at Bus Éireann will engage in new talks at the Workplace Relations Commission today after agreeing to call off Monday's planned strike.

The company also agreed to put their threatened cost cutting plans on hold.

The NBRU's Dermot O'Leary says they're committed to the talks, but it won't be easy to find a solution without input from the National Transport Authority and the Department of Transport.