The top five: Storm Frank hits Ireland; Corrib gas pipeline given go-ahead

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Hundreds without power as Storm Frank hits Ireland

Hundreds of homes are without power across the country this evening.

The ESB says it's aware of a number of faults on the network due to storm Frank.

Corrib gas pipeline given go-ahead by Government

The Government has given consent for Shell to begin begin operating the Corrib Gas pipeline.

A statement issued this evening from Minister for Communications Alex White said the consent is subject to 20 conditions relating to environmental management, operation, control and monitoring.

Council of State concludes meeting over plans to overhaul asylum process

The Council of State has concluded its meeting today to consider whether the Government’s plans to overhaul the asylum process are a breach of the Constitution.

It was just the second time that the council has been convened under President Michael D Higgins.

19-year-old killed in Offaly collision

Gardai in Co Offaly are appealing for witnesses after a 19-year-old was killed in a crash at Geashill this afternoon.

The two-car collision happened at around 1.30pm on the Tullamore to Portarlington Road.

Taoiseach refuses to repeat promise to 'end the scandal of patients on trolleys'

The Taoiseach says the situation of many patients on hospital trolleys is his biggest regret of his five years in power - but he will not commit to ending the situation in a second term.

Enda Kenny has turned down two opportunities to say whether he would repeat the promise to 'end the scandal of patients on trolleys' made in his first campaign as Fine Gael leader in 2007.