The man who was arrested in Longford this morning in relation to the Falsk investigation has been released without charge. He was arrested as part of the investigation by Gardai into an alleged pre-dawn attack at a repossessed house in Strokestown on the morning of December 16th last.
The INMO has described the 11th hour effort by the Government to get nurses to come back to talks as "insulting". Further, they have confirmed that tomorrow’s strike will go ahead. The second day of strike action by nurses begins at 8 am tomorrow (Tuesday), and picket lines are expected to continue until 4 pm at 240 facilities across the country.
The Government has pulled a 180 today, as Leo Varadkar has confirmed that the terms of reference of the inquiry into the overruns in the construction costs of the National Children’s Hospital will be revised to allow individuals be held accountable. Taoiseach Varadkar said they will be revised "to enable PWC to find individuals accountable or to identify individuals who made particular mistakes, if that’s what they find."
Britain's International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox, is looking to apply significant pressure to the Irish government and the European Union to renegotiate the Withdrawal Agreement with the UK.
He has warned that Ireland's continued refusal to renegotiate on the backstop protocol, means the likely outcome of the 'divorce' process will be a no-deal Brexit and a hard border on the island of Ireland.
Reports from the contingency talks between the INMO and Government negotiators is that the deadlock is worsening. In response to a steadfast Government position, the INMO has announced two additional strike dates. They are also escalating the number of services which will be on strike, with the total number rising to 240.
The PSNI have issued an appeal for information following an ATM being stolen from a garage in the early hours of Saturday morning. Shortly after 3 am, several people used a digger to steal the ATM and also set fire to the roof of the building on the Glenavy Road in Moira, Co Down