Evening top 5: Theresa May to become next British prime minister; Enda Kenny resists calls to step down

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"My focus is entirely on the future" - Enda Kenny resists calls to step down

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is resisting calls to step down as Fine Gael leader during the Dáil's summer recess.

Mr Kenny told an event in Castlebar this afternoon that he would "not be diverted" from the work he was mandated to do. 

Earlier today, Kerry backbencher Brendan Griffin called for a new leader to be elected by September, citing the need to be prepared for a possible general election.

"Honoured and humbled" Theresa May to become next British prime minister on Wednesday

Theresa May. Image: Max Nash / AP/Press Association Images

Theresa May says she is "honoured" and "humbled" to be the new Conservative leader as she prepares to take over from David Cameron as British prime minister on Wednesday.

At lunchtime, shortly after a key campaign speech by the Home Secretary, her only rival in the Tory leadership race, Andrea Leadsom, withdrew.

This evening, Mrs May was confirmed as leader of the Conservative party and then, surrounded by her supporters at Westminster, she paid tribute to her rival candidates in the race.

Paul O'Connell rejoins Munster to work with the Academy squad

Munster Rugby have confirmed that former captain Paul O'Connell has joined the Munster Rugby Academy in an advisory role with immediate effect.

The 36-year-old, who retired from the game in February without having played a game for Toulon joins his native province in a part-time capacity for one year.

Senator Lynn Ruane: Student loans would have excluded me as single parent from college

Senator Lynn Ruane stands outside Leinster House | Image: RollingNews.ie

A senator who returned to education as a mature student after leaving school at 15 has said that a loan system would have stopped her from progressing to university. 

Lynn Ruane, the former president of Trinity College Students’ Union, said that the student loan scheme proposed as a funding option in the Cassels report would have excluded her from third-level education as a lone parent.

The expert group on higher education funding, chaired by former ICTU chief Peter Cassells, recommended today that income-contingent loans be explored as a future funding model for the sector.  

Teen pageant organiser says it's more 'Rose of Tralee' than 'Toddlers & Tiaras'

When you think of teen beauty pageants the hit US TV show Toddlers and Tiaras is probably the first thing that springs to mind.

The series depicts very young girls wearing makeup, fake tan and wigs, being pushed into parading on stage by their fanatically driven parents.

The show received strong criticisms in its five year run over the apparent exploitation and sexualisation of young girls, however the organiser of an Irish beauty pageant has told Newstalk.com that her events are nothing like that.