Morning top 5: Two separate Dublin shootings; Gerry Adams departure; and Direct Provision protest

The top stories this Saturday morning

Two people have been injured in separate shootings in Dublin overnight.

A man in his late teens was found with apparent gunshot injuries in the garden of a house at Shancastle Park in Clondalkin at 11.00pm.

He was taken to Connolly Hospital in a serious condition.

And in a separate incident, another man in his late teens received a gunshot wound to the abdomen after shots were fired into a house at Barnwell Drive in Ballymun just before 2.30am Saturday morning.

He has been taken to he Mater Hospital.


Gerry Adams will this evening outline a timetable for his departure as leader of Sinn Féin.

Some 3,000 members are attending the party's conference, which began yesterday in Dublin.

Motions on the party’s position on abortion will be debated this evening.


State media in Zimbabwe are reporting that President Mugabe's own party wants him to resign.

The 93-year-old has been under house arrest since Wednesday, when the military took over key buildings.

The military have held talks with him on the "way forward".

In a statement read out on state-run television, the military said their operation "remains solid" and urged Zimbabweans to remain patient.


Over 30 groups and organisations from around the country are marching in Dublin today, calling for an end to Direct Provision.

The system - introduced as a temporary measure nearly two decades ago - sees asylum seekers living in designated centres on less than €22 per week.

They also have no chance to work, cook their own food, or enter third level education.


There are calls for a full investigation after the Big Wheel stopped working last night at the opening of Galway's Christmas Market.

A large crowd of spectators gathered and traffic was diverted as fire crews used a cherry picker to free around 20 people from cabins.

They were lifted to safety in Eyre Square.