Morning top 5: Two men held after crackdown; Clare stabbing; and Defence Forces fall-off

The top stories this Tuesday morning

Gardaí are holding two men after a gangland crime crackdown in Dublin.

The pair were found in a van with a loaded gun on the Kylemore Road last night

The arrests came on the back of intel gathered by the organised crime bureau and the garda national drugs squad.


A 21-year-old man is due before Ennis District Court this morning charged in connection with a fatal stabbing in Co Clare.

25-year-old Karl Haugh died after an altercation in Kilkee in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Two other men arrested in connection with the investigation have been released without charge and a file is being prepared for the DPP.


As Kenyans go to the polls, there is concern the east African country's general election could cause further violence.

Thousands of people died after the 2007 vote due to political unrest.

Recently, there have been a number of attacks and land invasions as drought took hold.


A parliamentary vote on a motion of no confidence in South Africa's President Jacob Zuma will be held by secret ballot later.

The decision by the speaker of parliament means MPs from the ruling African National Congress could vote against their president on the proposal, which was put forward by the opposition.

Mr Zuma has been implicated in several corruption scandals.


It has been revealed there are just over 9,000 officers left in the permanent Defence Forces.

New figures released to Fianna Fáil show the numbers have fallen again to 9,044 despite a recruitment campaign in 2016.

Nearly 700 personnel joined in the past year but there are still 100 fewer members than at the end of 2015.