Morning top 5: Tributes paid to economist TK Whitaker; delegation of TDs to meet Ibrahim Halawa in Egypt today

The top stories this Tuesday morning...

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has described TK Whitaker as a 'national treasure'.

It was announced late last night that the former civil servant and economist had died at the age of 100.

He was best known for his groundbreaking work as head of the Department of Finance - which paved the way for Ireland’s economic expansion in the 1960s.


The North's political parties are preparing for a snap election.

DUP leader Arlene Foster has slammed Martin McGuinness for sparking the crisis, by standing down as Deputy First Minister.

Under power sharing rules it means Arlene Foster has also lost her post as First Minister.

The resignation comes in the wake of a green energy scandal which was approved by Ms.Foster and could cost taxpayers half a billion pounds.


The Cabinet will today approve plans to accept up to 40 children from the former refugee camp in Calais in France.

Children's Minister Katherine Zappone will outline how the child and family agency TUSLA will oversee the management of the young people.

She will seek approval from ministers for establishing a national project office for responding to children who have become separated from loved ones.


A cross party delegation from the Dáil will meet with Ibrahim Halawa today in an Egyptian jail.

The Dubliner has now been held for three years, three months and 14 days without trial in the country.

Concern has repeatedly been raised about his health - and he is currently understood to be on hunger strike.


It has been confirmed Donald Trump's son-in-law will join him in the White House.

Transition officials say Jared Kushner will accompany him as a senior adviser alongside Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and strategist Steve Bannon.

Lawyers for Mr Kushner - a major New York real estate investor - argue that the White House is exempt from federal anti-nepotism laws.