Evening top 5: Northern Ireland facing fresh elections; 'Home Sweet Home' may refuse to vacate Apollo House

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Northern Ireland facing prospect of fresh elections

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the British Prime Minister Theresa May have held discussions on the crisis in Northern Ireland.

Mr Kenny and Mrs May spoke by phone following the resignation of Martin McGuinness, which will spark imminent elections.

Both leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the institutions and the Good Friday Agreement of which they are co-guarantors of.

Earlier, Sinn Féin has rejected an offer by the DUP leader Arlene Foster for new talks to save the Stormont Assembly.

The outgoing first minister had offered to hold talks on the format of an inquiry into the 'cash for ash' scandal.

'Home Sweet Home' group may refuse to vacate Apollo House

Home Sweet Home have again confirmed they will not be leaving Apollo House until "the long and short term needs" of the residents are met.

The group has expressed concern over the government’s commitment to a deal on the evacuation of the building and accused the Housing Minister of undermining proceedings.

The group has been given a court-ordered deadline of noon tomorrow to vacate the premises - however despite efforts to secure suitable accommodation for all the residents ahead of the deadline, 18 people are set to sleep in Apollo House this evening.

Lawyers for the group will tomorrow apply to the courts for a stay on the order to vacate the building until all the residents can be re-homed

Government group sets out plan to address spiralling cost of motor insurance

A government working group has made a range of recommendations aimed at bringing down the spiralling cost of motor insurance.

The Cost of Insurance Working Group was established last year by Minister of State for Financial Services Eoghan Murphy and has presented its findings to government this afternoon.

Figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) last year indicated that motor premiums were up 38.3% in the year to July.

The CSO figures showed that over the last three years, the average premium rose by 70%.

First children from Calais camp to arrive in Ireland ‘within weeks’

The Children's Minister Katherine Zappone says she expects the first children from the former migrant camp in Calais in France to arrive here within weeks.

The minister  seeking Cabinet approval to implement Dáil motion from last November to accept up to 200 unaccompanied minors.

The first group of 20 will be interviewed in France next week and are all boys aged 16 and 17.

Speaking on her way into the meeting, she confirmed many will be housed in foster homes.

Protesters ushered out of US Attorney General confirmation hearing

Republican Senator Jeff Sessions faced interruptions at his confirmation hearing for US Attorney General.

Protesters were forcibly removed from the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, following chants of "No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA". Some were dressed in KKK robes and another held a sign that said "Support Civil Rights, Stop Sessions."

Mr Sessions became the first sitting senator to endorse Donald Trump for the presidency in early 2016 and has remained a close advisor on issues such as immigration.