Evening top 5: Theresa May condemns "sick and depraved" terrorist attack; final preparations underway for McGuinness funeral

The top stories on Newstalk.com this evening

Theresa May has condemned the "sick and depraved" attack on London in which five people died - including the terrorist.

The Prime Minister praised the "exceptional bravery" of police and security services during the attack in Westminster, and also paid tribute to the emergency services as a whole.

She insisted any attempt to defeat the values that Parliament stands for was "doomed to failure".

She vowed that "the voices of hate and evil" would never be allowed "to drive us apart" and she would "never give in to terror".


Final preparations are taking place in Derry tonight for the funeral of Martin McGuinness.

The former IRA commander turned Deputy First Minister will be laid to rest tomorrow following funeral mass at St Columba’s church.

Dignitaries from around the world will be among the several-hundred in attendance to remember Mr McGuinness’s life.


Ibrahim Halawa's trial in Egypt has been delayed for the 20th time.

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

The 21-year-old has now spent 1,313 days in prison without trial.

He faces trial alongside 493 other defendants, and the next hearing is scheduled for April 5th.


As the bidding process for the 2023 Rugby World Cup gets more serious, a technical review group from World Rugby arrived in Dublin on Tuesday.

Ireland is bidding to host the tournament but face stiff competition from France and South Africa, who have previously staged the World Cup alone in 2007 and 1995 respectively.

Italy withdrew their bid last September.


The Minister for Health has recommended that the HSE be dismantled over time and replaced with a “much leaner national health agency.”

Simon Harris has been outlining his vision to the Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Healthcare today.

The committee is charged with developing a long-term 10-year strategy for the Irish health service, supported by broad political consensus.

In his opening address to the committee, Minister Harris said that in the longer term the HSE should be dismantled and replaced with a “slimmed down body; one more equipped to lead than to directly control and, accordingly, with less management layers between the top and the front line.”