The Evening Top 5: A Prince among men; Leo on the rack; and McGregor's games

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The pop icon Prince is dead, confirms publicist

Music icon Prince has died at the age of 57 at his home in suburban Minneapolis, his publicist has confirmed.

His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, told news agencies that the rock legend was found dead at his home on Thursday in Chanhassen.

It comes days after he suffered a medical emergency that forced his private jet to make an emergency landing in Illinois.

 

Government talks adjourn - and Irish Water wasn't on the agenda

Fianna Fail's Barry Cowen has said the issue of Irish Water was not raised today at talks to form a new Government.

Negotiating teams on both sides have adjourned talks for this evening - to resume again in the morning

If agreement can be reached it may pave the way for a minority government led by Fine Gael and Independents.

 

Mental health advocates criticise Varadkar's reallocation of mental health funding

Mental Health advocates have condemned the announcement that €12million of the €35 million increase allocated to mental health services will now spent elsewhere.

Health Minister Leo Varadkar has confirmed the changes but said the full €35million allocation will be restored in 2017.

Conor Cusack of Mental Health says a lack of services is leading to suicides.

 

Former NAMA official admits to passing on confidential information

Enda Farrell from Dunboyne in Co Meath disclosed the “potentially commercially valuable” information to people at two financial services firms.

Mr Farrell was transferred to NAMA after it was set up in 2009, and his job was to value properties that went into it – a job that required 12 hour shifts seven days a week.

 

A recruitment drive for nurses is underway to address the 2.2million worldwide shortage

A recruitment drive for Irish nurses to work in hospitals at home and abroad will take place at a jobs fair in Dublin this weekend.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has warned that the number of frontline nurses in Irish hospitals has fallen despite recruitment campaigns over the past year.

 

Peter Carroll: Dana White will blink first because UFC 200 needs Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor is likely to force UFC’s hand in putting him back on the UFC 200 card with a personal statement he made on his Facebook page today.

In the post, ‘The Notorious’ took back his retirement announcement that he posted on Twitter on Tuesday when he declared, “I AM NOT RETIRED”, at the end of the lengthy post.