Evening top 5: DUP plan to restore Assembly rejected; Taoiseach insists PSC is not a national ID; No decisive progress in Brexit talks

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DUP plan to restore Assembly rejected out of hand

The DUP leader has called for devolved government to be restored in the North while negotiations on outstanding areas of disagreement continue.

Arlene Foster said that if the Stormont Assembly is restored she will bring forward proposals to address cultural and language issues within an agreed time frame.

She said that if those proposals were then rejected, the Executive would fall once again.

Northern Ireland has been without a power-sharing government since the collapse of the Stormont Executive in January amid the scandal over the renewable heat incentive.

Dublin Region Homeless Executive offers condolences following separate tragedies

The Dublin Region Homeless Executive has offered its condolences to the families and friends of two homeless people who have been found dead in Kildare and Dublin.

The executive said the case of a woman found at her emergency accommodation in a hotel in Leixlip was particularly poignant.

Gardaí are treating the death as a personal tragedy.

A DRHE spokesperson said she had recently accepted an offer of social housing from South Dublin County Council.

‘No decisive progress' on central issues in latest Brexit talks

The EU chief Brexit negotiator has said there has been no "decisive progress" on key issues in talks with the UK.

Michel Barnier said the two sides are still "quite far" away from being in a position to begin talks on future trade arrangements - which the UK is hoping to begin next month.

Mr Barnier was speaking alongside the UK's Brexit Secretary David Davis after a third round of talks in Brussels over Britain's departure from the EU.

He said there had been some fruitful discussions - including over Ireland and the status of border workers - but also struck a critical tone.

Taoiseach insists Public Services Card "is not a national ID card" 

The Taoiseach has insisted the Public Services Card is not a national identity card.

Around 2.75 million cards have been issued, and the card is currently used to access services such as collecting welfare payments.

There are plans for the card to be mandatory for many services, including applying for or renewing a passport.

Debate over the card intensified last week after Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty said the new card is not mandatory - but added that it is compulsory if you want to claim benefits from her department.

Man in his late 70's victim of an aggravated burglary in Drogheda

Gardaí in Drogheda are investigating after two men broke into an elderly man’s home and made off with a significant sum of money.

A garda spokesperson said the victim was a man in his late 70s.

The suspects reportedly broke down the door of his home in Duleek Street just after 12:20pm yesterday.

One of the men was wearing dark clothes and is described as being tall with dark hair.