Evening top 5: Coveney tells Fine Gael TDs to "back off"; Unions accuse Bus Éireann of collapsing talks

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Coveney tells FG TDs to "back off" the Taoiseach

Simon Coveney has told Fine Gael TDs and Senators to 'back off' the Taoiseach, over the party leadership.

Minister Coveney and Leo Varadkar agreed at the weekend that Enda Kenny should be given until after St Patrick's Day to step aside.

Speaking today in Cork, the Housing Minister said the party must trust the Taoiseach to know what's best for the country.


Belfast lawyer pursuing 20 cases against Gardaí

A Belfast-based human rights law firm has taken on 20 miscarriage of justice cases against An Garda Síochana.

The Sunday Business Post originally reported that Human Rights Law Firm, KRW Law, has taken on the cases.

The cases allege wrongdoing in investigations ranging from Fraud to Murder.

Solicitor Kevin Winters has described the lawsuits as "evidence of ingrained systemic human rights failures within the Irish justice system".


Trump names Gen. McMaster as national security adviser

Donald Trump has named Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as the new US national security adviser. 

McMaster will replace Lt Gen Michael Flynn who was fired after just three weeks and three days in the job.

President Trump announced the decision to reporters at Mar-a-Lago on Monday. He also revealed that Keith Kellogg will be his Chief of Staff for the National Security Council.


Unions accuse Bus Éireann of trying to collapse talks

Unions have criticised Bus Éireann's behaviour during talks at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) as they attempt to avert strike action.

Representatives from the SIPTU uniob raised concerns that the company is intent on collapsing the process following the release of a document to staff prior to its full discussion at the meeting.

SIPTU Sector Organiser said Willie Noone: "It seems Bus Éireann is looking for the breakdown of these talks by releasing a very provocative discussion document to all staff in the middle of a negotiation aimed at avoiding industrial action.


Arsenal see off battling Sutton in FA Cup

Arsenal are through to the FA Cup quarter finals after a 2-0 win over non league Sutton.

The Gunners went into the game on the plastic pitch as heavy favourites given the huge gulf between the sides and an under pressure Arsene Wenger saw his team manage the minimum of winning the match.

Coming off the back of a desperately diasppointing 5-1 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, Arsenal took 26 minutes to score their opening goal.