Evening top 5: Maternity hospital board 're-endorses' St Vincent's deal; Halawa trial adjourned for 22nd time

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Board of National Maternity Hospital 're-endorses' St Vincent's deal

The board of Holles St has voted to press ahead with building the new National Maternity Hospital at the St Vincent's campus in Dublin.

At a meeting this evening, it reaffirmed its commitment to the original deal by a large majority.

Cabinet approves €1.07bn Children's Hospital construction

The Cabinet has signed off on the construction of the new National Children's Hospital at a cost of €1.07bn.

BAM Ireland is expected to begin construction on the project on a site beside St James' Hospital site within weeks.

Ibrahim Halawa trial adjourned for 22nd time

The trial of 21-year-old Dubliner Ibrahim Halawa has been adjourned in Egypt for the 22nd time.

Mr Halawa, from Firhouse, has been held in an Egyptian jail since his arrest during demonstrations against the ousting of president Mohammed Morsi in August 2013.

Ibrahim - who is facing trail alongside hundreds of other defendants - has now spent almost 1,350 days in prison.

WATCH: Chernobyl survivour thanks Irish people for not forgetting

Sasha Leuvkin | Image: Chernobyl Children International 

A survivor of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster has thanked Ireland and the Irish people.

On April 26th 1986, an explosion and fires at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine caused the largest uncontrolled radioactive release in the history of the civil nuclear industry.

Higher earners could soon face heavier speeding fines

The Garda Representative Association has come out against proposals to hand heavier speeding fines to higher earners.

According to the Irish Independent the new system is being seriously considered by the Road Safety Authority (RSA).

It said the proposal – which would see a driver earning €50,000 paying a fine as high as €1,000 – has the full support of RSA Chief Executive Moyagh Murdock and will be sent to the Transport Minister as soon as possible.