Evening top 5: Tánaiste under fire over garda crisis; Theresa May signs Article 50 letter; Ireland beaten by Iceland

The top stories of the day on Newstalk.com ...

Tánaiste aware of wrongful convictions since June

The Tánaiste and Justice Minister has admitted she was aware as far back as June 2016 that there was an issue regarding wrongful convictions in the Irish District Courts.

Frances Fitzgerald has insisted however that she was unaware of the scale of the problem until it was revealed by gardaí last week.

The minister has come under fire in the Dáil this evening for her response to the scandal. 

Theresa May signs letter triggering Brexit

The British Prime Minister has called on the UK to seize what she called its “historic opportunity” as she signs the letter that will formally begin the Brexit process.

The letter will be hand delivered to Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council tomorrow to trigger Article 50, beginning the UK’s journey out of the European Union.

Mrs May will then address the British Parliament to announce the move tomorrow afternoon.

Government delays publication of mother and baby home report

The children’s minister has revealed that the publication of a government report into mother and baby homes has again been delayed.

Katherine Zappone was due to release the second interim report of the Oireachtas Commission of Investigation by the end of March.

Speaking in the Dáil today, Minister Zappone said the government needed more time to decide how to respond to some of the recommendations in the report before publishing them.

The report has been in the possession of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs for eight months, since July of last year.

Trump reverses US climate protection regulations

US President Donald Trump has signed a series of orders today, undermining America's commitment to tackling global warming.

During his first trip to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), President Trump - who has called global warming "a hoax" created by China - signed an "Energy Independence Executive Order."

The order suspends, rescinds or flags for review more than a half-dozen measures introduced under the Obama administration.

Ireland beaten as O'Neill continues search for missing ingredients

It was a telling component of tonight's game at the Aviva Stadium that the biggest shouts from the crowd came in the substitutions of Daryl Horgan and James McClean.

The pair got a standing ovation, the former for his entrance into proceedings and McClean after another good shift in a green jersey.

The result wouldn't have been exactly what Ireland were looking for - a 1-0 defeat at home to Euro 2016 darlings, Iceland - but in honesty the game wasn't about the result.