Evening top 5: Taoiseach admits recovery has not been felt by 'hundreds of thousands'; could Micheál Martin be in trouble?

Wednesday's top stories on Newstalk.com

More than half claim they have not felt the benefit of the recovery

The latest in a series of Newstalk/Red C polls ahead of this month’s general election has found that 56% of adults have not felt the effects of the economic recovery personally while just 44% agree that the upturn has benefited them. 

Almost four in five respondents believe that the recovery is on a two tier basis, being felt more by some and not others.  However, more optimistically the majority of the population (61%) believe that economic growth is here to stay for the next five years at least.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny today admitted his message of "keep the recovery going" has not been understood by people.

Ireland's ex-rugby team doctor on reason why GAA is seeing 392% increase in hip surgeries

Former Irish rugby team doctor Eanna Falvey joined Off The Ball on last night's show to talk about the work he's done on the increase in hip surgeries in Ireland.

The research based on GAA insurance figures shows that there has been a 392% increase in hips surgeries in the GAA between 2007 and 2014.

#RealityCheck: Could Micheál Martin be in trouble?

Throughout the campaign, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has refused to budge from his mantra of ruling out a coalition with Fine Gael or Sinn Féin.

That position could well lead to a hung Dáil and put him under pressure from his own front bench to do a deal and return the party to government.

So what happens if the polls play out and Fianna Fáil is called upon to enter coalition?

Research finds up to 25 spoons of sugar in some hot cafe drinks

There are "dangerously" high amounts of sugar in hot drinks regularly served in high street coffee shop and fast food chains, British research has found.

Action on Sugar analysed 131 drinks and found 98% would receive a red nutritional value label for high sugar content.

Starbucks' venti Grape with Chai, Orange and Cinnamon Hot Mulled Fruit was found to have the highest sugar content - a total of 25 teaspoons of sugar per serving.

Victoria’s Secret is set to open a flagship Dublin store

Image: Evan Agostini / AP 

America’s most famous women’s lingerie company, Victoria’s Secret, is expected to replace BT2 in one of Grafton Street's prime retail units.