Morning top 5: Theresa May to make speech on Brexit plans; investigation underway after shooting in Dublin

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The British Prime Minister Theresa May is to make a much anticipated speech on her government's Brexit plans later.

According to reports, Ms is expected to say that Britain is prepared for a so-called "hard Brexit" if it doesn't get concessions from the EU on controlling immigration.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny spoke to Mrs May by phone last night about her plans.

He again outlined Ireland's concerns regarding Brexit, including issues around trade and the border with Northern Ireland.

The British Prime Minister's stance has been welcomed by those on the right of her party.


Gardai are investigating a shooting in Dublin late last night in which a man was injured.

The incident occurred in a garden outside a house off Balbutcher Lane in Ballymun at around 11pm

It's understood a number of shots were fired and the victim suffered a graze to his head and a leg wound.

He was admitted to the Mater Hospital in Dublin city centre. where his condition is not believed to be life threatening.


The Irish and British Governments have called for a "respectful" election campaign in Northern Ireland after the collapse of the power-sharing executive.

The Taoiseach and Mrs May spoke by phone last night after the Secretary of State confirmed a snap election on March 2nd.

They discussed the bitter fall-out between the executive parties and the need for Northern Ireland to be considered in upcoming Brexit talks.

Ulster Unionist Mike Nesbitt said he was "embarrassed" that the institutions had fallen after ten years of Devolution. 

The assembly won't be dissolved until next week, but parties are believed to already be naming the candidates who will contest the elections.

The number of seats at Stormont is being cut from 108 to 90.


Gardai are investigating a traffic accident in which two women were killed in County Louth.

The crash happened at around 6.30pm yesterday evening near Ardee.

It's understood two women aged in their 60s were struck by a car as they crossed the N2 Dublin to Derry Road at Hunterstown.

Both women were pronounced dead at the scene, the driver of the car was uninjured.

The bodies of the women have been taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda where a post mortem examination is expected to take place.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone who may have witnesses to the accident to contact them.

The stretch of road at Hunterstown remains closed for examination this morning until at least 10am.


Turkish police have arrested the main suspect in the New Year's Eve attack on a nightclub in Istanbul after a huge manhunt.

Abdulkadir Masharipov is believed to have carried out the terrorist attack which left 39 people dead.

The Uzbek national is said to have been caught in the city's Esenyurt district.