Morning top 5: Trump to withdraw from trade deal; Kildare assault appeal; and passengers stranded

The top stories this Tuesday morning

Donald Trump has confirmed he wants to withdraw the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal on his first day in office.

The trade deal, which is yet to come into force, took seven years to negotiate between 12 countries.

In a video message, the president-elect says it is a "potential disaster" for America and he says he has an alternative plan.

Mr Trump said his administration instead intends to generate "fair, bilateral trade deals that bring jobs and industry back onto American shores".


Gardaí investigating a brutal attack on a college student in Kildare at the weekend are expected to issue a further appeal for information later.

The 18-year-old suffered serious head injuries in the assault outside the Moyglare Abbey Estate in Maynooth shortly before 8.30pm on Sunday night.

The woman, who is originally from Castleblayney in Monaghan was taken to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown.


A report on Ireland's record of symphisiotomies is expected to recommend payouts of more than €30m for victims.

Thousands of women underwent the procedure between the 1940s and 1984, and the report is the result of a two year investigation.

It is reported the Health Minister Simon Harris will seek approval for its publication at today's Cabinet meeting.


The Syrian regime is being accused of "a deliberate tactic of cruelty" against civilians in besieged towns and cities.

The United Nations estimates almost one million people are now living under siege across the country.

A generator that will power Aleppo's public water supply has been allowed in, but Oxfam says the government needs to do more.


A group of ferry passengers have spent the night anchored in the Irish Sea after their vessel was unable to dock at Fishguard last night.

Stena Line says the vessel, travelling from Rosslare, couldn't berth due to high winds and rough seas.

It is currently about 6 kilometres off the Welsh coast and will try to reach land again at midday today.