Morning top 5: Varadkar says new border with North isn't an option; Puigdemont claims Spain has disregarded democracy

The top stories this Saturday morning...

Leo Varadkar says a new border with Northern Ireland is not an option.

The Taoiseach addressed the challenge of Brexit in his keynote speech at the Fine Gael National Conference last night.

The party is expected to outline its policy priorities for the next 10 years at the event in Cavan today - around 6 km from the border.


The ousted president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, claims Spain has disregarded democracy.

He has been accused by Madrid of rebellion and misusing public funds after the parliament in Barcelona voted for independence.

A protest in Barcelona later will call for the release of jailed separatist leaders ahead of the Catalonia election in December.


A woman has been killed in a crash in County Down.

The two car collision happened yesterday afternoon at around 3pm.

A man and child were also taken to hospital following the accident on the Belfast road.


Two teenage boys have been arrested in connection with an assault on two other boys in Co Meath.

The 17-year-olds reported being attacked by a large group in Gormanstown on November 5th.

Both teenagers arrested yesterday in the Balbriggan area are being detained in Ashbourne Garda Station.


It will be business as usual at Irish Rail next week after Tuesday’s planned strike was called off.

Unions have suspended their industrial action while workers are balloted on a new pay deal.

Under the terms, they would receive a 2.5% pay increase every year for the next three years.