Evening top 5: Fitzgerald resigns; Flanagan apologises; and homeless man dies in south Dublin

The top stories this Tuesday night

Frances Fitzgerald announces resignation as Tánaiste

Frances Fitzgerald has resigned as Tánaiste, after a week of mounting pressure over her handling of the Garda whistleblower controversy.

Mrs Fitzgerald - who is also resigning as Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation - told Cabinet colleagues of her decision only hours before she was due to face a no motion confidence motion.

Leo Varadkar confirmed in the Dáil that he had nominated himself to take over the Business portfolio for a temporary period.

Widespread welcome of Frances Fitzgerald's resignation

Political reaction has been swift following the resignation of Frances Fitzgerald as Tánaiste and Business Minister.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin said the Tánaiste was right to resign.

The deputy leader of Sinn Féin, Mary Lou McDonald, said the issue has not gone away.

And Social Democrats TD Roisin Shortall believes the election has only been put off for a few months.

Justice Minister Flanagan apologises over inaccurate information relating to Maurice McCabe

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has apologised to the Taosieach and the Dáil for providing inaccurate information relating to the handling of the Maurice McCabe controversy.

Speaking in the Dáil, Minister Flanagan said: "It has been a major challenge at every step to obtain complete information in a timely manner, indeed, on a few occasions recently, information has been provided to me, to the Taoiseach, and then to this House, which has proven subsequently to be inaccurate.

"This is completely unacceptable and I wish to formally apologise to the Taoiseach, to you Ceann Comhairle and to the House."

Gardaí investigate after homeless man dies in south Dublin

A homeless man has died in south Dublin.

He was discovered unresponsive in a tent near Gonzaga College in Ranelagh on Tuesday afternoon.

Inner City Helping Homeless say the man, in his late 50s, had been sleeping rough in a tent in the area for some time.

Tipperary man missing since early November found safe and well

A Co Tipperary man who had been missing since earlier this month has made contact with his family.

25-year-old student Stephen Cullinan had last been seen at St Stephen's Green in Dublin on the evening of November 2nd.

It is believed he has been located in the UK, and is due to be reunited with his family today.