Evening top 5: Commissioner to carry on; Pilot dies following light aircraft crash; Bus Éireann dispute may spread

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Garda Commissioner vows to remain in position

The Garda Commissioner has insisted that she will remain in her position – regardless of the outcome of a motion of no confidence in her leadership due to take place in the Dáil next week.

The Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan at a press briefing in Garda Headquarters today, 27-03-2017. Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews

Nóirin O'Sullivan said she is “very conscious” of the damage done to the credibility of the force by the recent scandals on penalty points and exaggerated roadside breath testing figures.

she said there will be a "radical restructuring" of roads policing systems adding that she is determined to continue here "journey of work" reforming An Garda Síochána.

Man dies following Waterford plane crash

The pilot of a light aircraft which crashed in County Waterford this afternoon has died.

The plane came down in a field near the N25 on the outskirts of Dungarvan at around 4.30pm today.

The elderly man was the sole occupant of the aircraft.

Gardaí are at the scene and the Irish Coastguard Sikorsky helicopter, Rescue 117, was dispatched to the area.

Gardaí launch murder inquiry following woman's death in Cork

Gardaí have launched a full murder investigation after a woman was pronounced dead following a suspected assault in Cork overnight.

39-year-old Nicola Collins was discovered with serious injuries when emergency services were called to a flat on Popham's Road in Farranree at around 3.30 am.

Medical officers tended to Ms Collins at the scene, however they were unable to revive her and she was pronounced dead.

 

"Short window of opportunity" remains to reach Stormont agreement

The Northern Ireland Secretary has said there is no appetite for fresh assembly elections after today’s deadline for setting up a power-sharing executive passed without agreement.

Talks between Sinn Fein and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) broke down yesterday – with both sides blaming each other for the collapse.

Speaking this evening, the British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire said it is “extremely disappointing” that the 4pm deadline was allowed to pass – but stopped short of calling a fresh round of elections as he was technically obliged to do.

Dublin Bus and Irish Rail may join Bus Éireann strike action

SIPTU members in Dublin Bus and Irish rail are set to ballot for industrial action. 

SIPTU representatives of Dublin Bus, Irish Rail and Bus Eireann meet in Liberty Hall on Monday to discuss the ongoing strike in Bus Eireann.

The representatives were informed of a planned protest in support of the Bus Eireann workers to be held at Leinster House on Wednesday to coincide with a meeting of the Oireachtas transport committee which the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, is due to attend.