Evening top 5: Dáil passes rent proposals; Offaly GP found not guilty of daughter's manslaughter

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Martin McGuinness asks Arlene Foster to 'step aside' during investigation into energy scheme

Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness has called on Northern Irish First Minister Arlene Foster to 'step aside' during an investigation into a controversial green energy scheme.

Opposition parties claim the British government faces a stg£400m (€477m) bill after overspending on the Renewable Heat Incentive.

Responding to Mr McGuinness' statement, Ms Foster's Democratic Unionist Party said the First Minister "will not be stepping aside".

Dáil passes all stages of legislation on 4% rent increase caps

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The Dáil has finally passed all stages of legislation that will cap rent increases in so-called pressure zones at 4% per year.

After two days of debate the legislation finally passed by 52 votes to 43, while there was 25 abstentions.

The legislation must now go before the Seanad next Wednesday, where it is not clear it can pass if Fianna Fáil Senators follow their Dáil colleagues and abstain.

Bernadette Scully found not guilty of killing her disabled daughter in 2012

Bernadette Scully has been found not guilty of killing her daughter Emily Barut.

The Offaly GP - of Emvale, Bachelor's Walk in Tullamore - has spent the past few weeks defending an allegation that she unlawfully took her life through the excessive administration of a sedative.

The jury unanimously decided she was not guilty of her daughter's manslaughter.

Annalise Murphy named Sportswoman of the Year 2016

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Sailor Annalise Murphy has been named Irish Times, Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year 2016 after her heroics in the Olympic Games this year.

The 26-year-old clinched silver in the Women's Laser Radial Class in August and delivered Ireland's first sailing medal since David Wilkins more than three decades ago.

Russia hits back at 'scurrilous' White House cyberhacking claims

Russia has hit back at claims by the White House that Vladimir Putin was directly involved in cyber attacks designed to influence the outcome of the US election.

"At this point they need to either stop talking about this or finally present some sort of proof," Mr Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told journalists during a visit to Japan.

On Thursday the Obama administration suggested President Putin personally authorised the hacking of Democratic officials' email accounts in the run-up to the election and said it was "fact" that such actions helped Donald Trump's campaign.