Evening top 5: R116 wreckage recovered; Brexit trigger date set; and snow warnings

The biggest stories this Monday evening on Newstalk.com...

A "significant amount" of wreckage from the missing Rescue 116 helicopter has been recovered near Black Rock Light House, the AAIU confirmed.

In a statement this evening, the AAIU said a significant amount of wreckage has been recovered from the sea and this has been logged and will be brought to the AAIU wreckage facility in Gormanston, Co Meath, for detailed examination.

"Some helicopter wreckage has been recovered from the general area of Black Rock Light House," the statement reads. "This wreckage is primarily from the tail area of the helicopter."


British Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger Article 50 on Wednesday March 29th, starting the process of the UK leaving the EU.

A statement from the UK's Department for Exiting the European Union says: "The UK's Permanent Representative to the European Union, Sir Tim Barrow, has this morning informed the office of European Council President, Donald Tusk, of the UK’s intention to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty on March 29, 2017.

"This meets the UK’s longstanding commitment to trigger Article 50 by the end of March 2017."


Met Éireann has issued a snow & ice warning for Ireland.

The status yellow warning advises that showers of snow are expected overnight and on Tuesday morning.

Forecasters say some accumulations of 1-3cm are likely, but that could increase on hills & mountains in the western half of the country.


Twenty students have died after trees fell on them at a popular waterfall in Ghana, emergency officials have said. 

National fire service spokesman Prince Billy Anaglate said the group of high school students were swimming at the Kintampo waterfalls in the Brong-Ahafo region, when the "unusual incident" happened.

He said: "They were swimming in the river when there was a storm, a windy atmosphere that had uprooted some of the trees and they had fallen on some of them - those who were apparently swimming."


Sesame Street, the iconic American children’s TV show that has broadcast since 1969, will aim to teach children a different message with the debut of its newest Muppet Julia, who has autism.

Julia was first created by the Sesame Street Workshop in 2015 as part of an online-only digital book called Sesame Street & Autism: See the Amazing in All Children, which introduced the character during an afternoon of play with Elmo and Abby. Now the character will appear on the television show, joining the likes of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch in April.


An Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the people of Ireland that we need to have a national conversation about porn. At Newstalk this week, on air and online, we are starting that conversation.

All this week, Newstalk will be turning its attention to all matters pornographic; on the radio and the website, Newstalk will broadcast and post a week of content and programming examining the impact porn is having on Irish people’s lives from every angle.