Evening top 5: McGuinness steps down; Anti-Evictions Bill; and Savoy changes?

The top stories this Thursday night

"We were all shocked" - Gerry Adams leads tributes as Martin McGuinness steps down

Tributes are being paid to Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness, who has announced he is quitting frontline politics.

Mr McGuinness says he is not seeking re-election to the Stormont Assembly and departing early on health grounds.

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has thanked his friend, who he first met nearly 50 years ago.

"I want to express my heartfelt thanks to Martin McGuinness. He and I first met over 45 years ago behind the barricades in Free Derry and we have been friends and comrades since that time.

"I also want to thank Bernie and the entire McGuinness family for the support they have given to Martin over many years and for allowing him to become the leader, the patriot, the peacemaker and poet that he is.

Ceann Comhairle steps in to block Anti-Evictions Bill on behalf of the Government

The Ceann Comhairle has used his casting vote to back the government in the Dáil after voting on an opposition bill aimed at protecting renters against eviction was tied at 51 votes apiece.

The Anti-Evictions Bill, put forward by the Anti-Austerity Alliance / People Before Profit (AAA-PBP) aimed to close “loopholes allowing legal eviction” ahead of a property sale or rent increase.

HSE went €7 million over budget on hospital refurbishment

The Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is to call in the Health Service Executive (HSE) over the overspend on refurbishment of Our Lady's Hospital Cashel.

The project - originally put forward at a cost at €15m - came to a total cost of €27 million, €7m over budget.

A request for an investigation was put forward by Independent TD Mattie McGrath. In his written correspondence to the committee, Mr McGrath stated that the hospital "will never have patients on beds".

"Will Grigg's on Fire" writer turns to Stephen Warnock for his next terrace hit

Wigan Athletic fan Sean Kennedy was the unlikely creator of a song that dominated most of Euro 2016.

'DJ Kenno' penned the words to "Will Grigg's on Fire" which was sung throughout France by Northern Ireland fans last summer. The song about the Wigan striker was originally picked up by fans of the club, and grew a life of its own before last summer's tournament.

Savoy Cinema owners "considering" changes to screen one

The owners of the Savoy Cinema in Dublin have confirmed they are "considering" subdividing the main screen.

In a statement, owners IMC say they are "considering this change at present."

"However no final decision had been made."

But they also say the screen size of Savoy One would not be affected by the change.