Morning top 5: Trump edges toward Jerusalem announcement; public service retirement age; and fake news bill

The top stories this Wednesday morning

US President Donald Trump is expected to make an announcement later recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The controversial move marks a historic shift in US policy.

He is also expected to confirm plans to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to the disputed city - despite international condemnation of the plan.


The mandatory retirement age in the public service is due to rise to 70.

New measures announced later will raise the limit from the current age of 65.

It is to deal with an anomaly where people were being made to retire at 65 but could not access their State pensions until a year later.


The most senior official in the Department of Justice will answer questions on the Maurice McCabe scandal this morning.

Departmental e-mails about the legal strategy deployed against the whistleblower brought about the resignation of Frances Fitzgerald as Tánaiste last week.

Acting secretary-general of the Justice Department, Oonagh McPhilips, says the department fully complied with all discovery orders from the Disclosures Tribunal but is expected acknowlege that mistakes have been made.


Social media sites have been accused of failing to keep Irish children safe online.

Representatives from Facebook are being called before an Oireachtas committee on the issue today.

While Fianna Fáil are introducing a bill today aimed at tackling fake news.

The proposed laws would mean any online political ads would have to state who paid for them and what the target market is.


More than 500 members of the Defence Forces are to take part in a massive training exercise in Dublin today.

The army is to simulate a major terror incident as part of a training exercise for the elite Army Ranger Wing and gardaí.

For operational reasons, the Defence Forces are not revealing the exact time and place of the exercise.