Morning top 5: Taoiseach to name new Tánaiste; Trump hits out at May after her rebuke of far-right retweets

The top stories this Thursday morning...

The Taoiseach is due to name his new Tánaiste later today.

Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has been tipped as a favourite to take over the role, with Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys another potential choice.

It follows Tuesday's resignation of Frances Fitzgerald from the role amid criticism of her handling of the Garda whistleblower scandal.


Efforts to reach a deal on the Irish border post-Brexit are set to intensify in the coming days.

The European Council President Donald Tusk is to fly into Dublin tomorrow to hold talks with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

It comes ahead of a crucial meeting between the British Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker in Brussels on Monday.


Donald Trump has hit out at Theresa May after Downing Street criticised him for retweeting videos by the far-right group Britain First.

In a tweet, the US President told the British Prime Minister: "Don't focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!"

Earlier, in reaction to Mr Trump sharing the controversial videos, Mrs May's official spokesman had said: "It is wrong for the President to have done this."


The partners of Defence Forces members are holding a 24-hour vigil outside Leinster House.

They are demanding better pay & conditions for personnel in the army, naval service and air corps.

The group 'Wives and Partners of the Defence Forces' is organising the protest, as enlisted members are barred from speaking out.


The US has warned that North Korea has brought the world 'closer to war'.

The US Ambassador to the UN was speaking as the United Nations Security Council met last night to discuss the rogue state's latest missile test.

Nikki Haley said North Korea would be 'utterly destroyed' if war comes - but stressed that is not something her country wants.