Evening top 5: Home Sweet Home set to defy order to leave Apollo House; Trump calls Russia allegations "nonsense"

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Home Sweet Home will defy court order to vacate Apollo House

Eight residents remain at Apollo House this evening following the High Court’s refusal to extend an order to vacate the building by another week.

Home Sweet Home has confirmed the group will not leave the building until suitable accommodation is found for all residents.

In a statement released to Facebook this evening the group confirmed they plan to defy the court order.

"We are staying here," reads the statement. "We are staying here for ourselves, for our communities, for our families, for everyone we know who is affected by this crisis because they can’t treat us like fools anymore"

Taoiseach urges Northern Ireland parties to 'engage and find a way forward'

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny is urging parties at the Stormont Executive in Northern Ireland to to "engage together to find a way forward."

Mr Kenny met with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams and Mary Lou McDonald at lunchtime Wednesday.

Speaking after his meeting with Mr Kenny, Deputy Adams said: "As co-equal guarantors of the Agreement the Irish and British Governments have a responsibility to defend and implement the Good Friday Agreement.

"The British Government will not do this unless the Irish Government holds them to account.

Intelligence agencies may have leaked "nonsense" dossier - Donald Trump

Donald Trump says intelligence agencies may have leaked a dossier which contained claims that Russia has compromising intelligence about him.

The US President-elect said that if the agencies had leaked the unsubstantiated document to the media it would be a "tremendous blot on their record".

He also said the claims in the dossier - reportedly compiled by a retired British spy - were "nonsense" and "fake news."

It reportedly alleges Russia obtained compromising material on the billionaire during a stay in a five-star hotel in Moscow - including recordings of graphic sexual acts.

 

Bus Éireann confirms company facing insolvency "in the next 18 months"

Bus Éireann has confirmed the company is facing insolvency within 18 months unless “decisive actions” are taken to reverse losses.

The transport provider’s acting Chief Executive Ray Hernan has told staff the company is facing forecasted losses of €8m for 2016 and warned that, “collectively we cannot allow this trend to continue.”

The company has reportedly signed off on a new survival plan, drawn up by financial consultants, Grant Thornton which could lead to route cuts, job losses and lower pay for new recruits.

Number on hospital trolleys rises again as over 540 wait for beds

Over 540 people are waiting on trolleys and wards in hospitals across the country, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation's (INMO) 'trolley watch' reports today.

A total of 363 patients remain on trolleys, while there are 180 in wards.

Cork University Hospital is the worst affected hospital, with 46 in total waiting for a bed. The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital in Dublin and Midland Regional Hospital in Meath follow, with 30 people in each hospital waiting for a bed - jumping from 12 and 19 respectively.