The Evening Top 5: David Bowie passes away aged 69, Nurses strike called off.

The top stories of the day

"Bowie's Starman arrived in our little homes via Top of the Pops, and it was the news we had all wanted"

Tom Dunne pays tribute to the fallen icon.

Nurses have agreed to defer Thursday’s strike

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation says it’s to give them time to ballot their members anew on proposals aimed at reducing overcrowding. This is following an made earlier today that has been reached between the HSE and the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation on Emergency Department overcrowding.

Arlene Foster becomes new first minister of Northern Ireland

The North's new first minister has described her predecessor as the "most astute" politician in a generation. Arlene Foster has officially taken over the post from the retiring Peter Robinson. He said he was stepping down with confidence that the political institutions will be in place for generations to come.

Fianna Fáil leader claims Sinn Féin party is run "like a mafia organisation"

Micheál Martin told Newstalk Lunchtime his party has "exceeded the polls consistently", before adding that "there's a problem with the polls. [...] Commentators are using the polls to almost frame the election prior to the election even happening, and not discussing issues", he said.

"I have a general election date in my head" - Taoiseach not ready to announce polling date

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny has fired the first shot in the election campaign, without naming the day. Mr Kenny has launched a digital ad campaign for Fine Gael under the slogan "Your Hard Work is Working".