Morning top 5: Trump bans Muslim refugees; Jack O'Connor to run for Labour party chairman; Actor John Hurt dies aged 77

The top stories this Saturday morning

Donald Trump has halted entry to the US to people from Syria and six other mainly Muslim counties.

The president's suspended America's refugee programme for four months, and introduced a temporary hold on visitors.

Civil rights groups have said that the move is discriminatory against those of a certain faith. 

Mr Trump has said that it's all part of a plan to keep America safe.



SIPTU President Jack O'Connor is to run for Labour party chairman. 

The SIPTU president is understood to be working on a manifesto which will call for full collective bargaining for workers and an end to homelessness by 2022.

The Irish Independent reports he will seek an official nomination in the coming days.

The vote will take place at Labour's spring conference in April.



Actor John Hurt has died at the age of 77 - after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Known for his roles in the Elephant Man, as Mr Olivander in Harry Potter and 1984 - his career spanned six decades.

His most recent performance in the Oscar-nominated film Jackie was released just last week.

Mr Hurt had a well known fondness for Ireland and lived here for several years.

Film critic and historian Leonard Maltin says there was no role John couldn't fill.



Evidence has been uncovered that Islamic State planned to use chemical weapons in the battle for the Iraqi city of Mosul.

In the east of the city, which is now under Iraqi government control, experts are analysing dangerous substances seized from a secret weapons factory used by I-S.

Iraqi Special Forces Brigadier General Ali Abboud al-Saadi says they found a warehouse, filled with military rockets, which were being adapted.

The weapons, with Russian markings, are thought to have come from Syria. 



Bus Éireann say industrial action is now "an inevitability"

Unions say industrial action at Bus Éireann is now "an inevitability", after the company outlined a new series of cost-saving measures.

The unilateral measures, to be implemented in three weeks' time, would result in employee earnings falling by about 10%.

The plans include a blanket reduction in allowances, as well as cuts overtime rates, Sunday premiums, and sick pay benefits.