Evening top 5: Le Pen steps down as party leader; crackdown on unemployed refusing job offers

Monday's top stories on Newstalk.com...

Marine Le Pen temporarily steps down as National Front leader

French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has announced she will temporarily step down as the leader of the National Front party to focus on her presidential bid.

Ms Le Pen was one of two candidates to make it through the first round vote yesterday, and will face off against centrist Emmanuel Macron in the second round in two weeks.

Explainer: What actually happened at the Citizens' Assembly?

Tom O'Malley from NUI Galway speaking at the Citizens' Assembly in the Grand Hotel, Malahide on the 8th amendment of the Constitution | Image: Rollinngnews.ie

And just like that, it's over.

Following six months of deliberations, the Citizens' Assembly voted yesterday to recommend to the Oireachtas that women should be allowed access to unrestricted abortion services in Ireland, by a 64% majority.

As a future referendum on abortion looks more likely than ever, it's important to consider how the Assembly came to its conclusions - and what's next in terms of potential legislation.

Government cracks down on unemployed refusing job offers

There has been an over 2,000% increase in the number of people having their dole cut for turning down offers of work or training over the past five years.

Almost 3,000 people were penalised between the months of January and March this year, compared to just 359 when the new rules came into effect in 2011.

WATCH: A short history of the M50

The M50: no road in Ireland is as busy - and no road has been quite as controversial - as Dublin’s orbital motorway.

The development of the motorway was a lengthy process, with the M50 as we know it now the culmination of almost three decades of planning and work (not to mention a cost in the billions of euro).

To kick off Newstalk's 'Are We There Yet' week, we take a look at the M50...

Poolbeg incinerator takes first delivery of waste

The Poolbeg incinerator begins production today - twenty years after the project was initially proposed.

In an interview this morning, Managing Director of Covanta John Daly confirmed the waste-to-energy plant will take its first delivery of waste today. Generally, this covers 'black bin waste' - waste that is not going for recycling.