Evening top 5: Trolley crisis options; 'Help-to-Buy' scheme opens; and Donald trumps Ford

The top stories this Tuesday night

Hospital hours may be extended to deal with record number on trolleys

The Health Minister Simon Harris is considering extending hours for some hospital services, to deal with the latest spike in hospital overcrowding.

He was responding to new figures, which showed a record number of 612 people on trolleys in emergency wards Tuesday morning.

Minister Harris says the surge is the result of a strain of influenza, which is affecting older people particularly harshly.

He has also outlined some of the options available to help reduce the numbers on trolleys.

'Help-to-Buy' scheme opens for applications

The controversial 'Help-to-Buy' scheme opens for applications online today, as new reports show house prices rose by an average of 8% last year nationwide.

The scheme will give first time buyers of new homes 5% back on the price of their property.

In two separate reports released today show increases in house prices across the country last year. According to Daft.ie, prices around the country rose by 8% - however a separate survey from MyHome.ie puts the annual rise at 5.5%.

Woman who harassed victim on social media jailed for 22 months

A woman who harassed another woman in the US with "malicious" texts, phone calls, and social media posts has been sentenced to 22 months in prison.

The FBI say the posts originated from a mysterious individual, with whom the victim had no previous connection.

Law enforcement officials uncovered a trail of threats and extortion that led to a Miami college student, who is now behind bars.

Where are they now? The Leeds side which played in the Champions League semi-final

It's not just New Year's Days or the first grey hair that remind you that you're getting that bit older.

The retirement of big name players from yesteryear can also have the same effect, as does news that footballers that you remember so vividly as players go into management.

In the case of former Leeds United and Manchester United striker Alan Smith, the latter is now a temporary pursuit until his current club Notts County find a full time manager.

Ford abandons plans for new plant in Mexico, in order to invest in US factory

US carmaker Ford has announced it is cancelling plans for a new US$1.6bn (€1.53bn) plant in Mexico.

Instead, it says it is investing US$700m (€672m) and adding 700 direct new jobs in the expansion of its facility in Flat Rock, Michigan.

But Ford says it will build its next-generation 'Focus' at an existing plant in Hermosillo, Mexico "to improve company profitability".