Evening top 5: UK election approved; Old money; and Spotify for students

The top stories this Wednesday night

British MPs overwhelmingly approve general election

British MPs have backed Prime Minister Theresa May's call for an early election, meaning UK voters will go to the polls on June 8th.

They voted 522 to 13 to authorise an early poll, with Mrs May easily securing the support of two-thirds of MPs required to dissolve the parliament and bring the election forward from the scheduled date of 2020.

The House of Commons vote was a formality, given both UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron had previously said they welcomed the election, although Scottish National Party MPs abstained.

Petition to block religious ownership of National Maternity Hospital exceeds target

A petition calling on the Department of Health to block the Sisters of Charity from becoming sole owners of the new National Maternity Hospital is nearing 50,000 signatures.

This is far higher than its original target of 30,000.

The Sisters of Charity were party to a €128m redress scheme with the State in 2002 for child abuse, which took place at its industrial schools.

'Old money' worth €350m is still floating around Ireland

It's been 15 years since Ireland switched from punt to euro, but a lot of 'old money' has never been converted.

There are notes and coins worth over €350m still littered around the country.

The latest figures from the Central Bank show that at the start of April, old Irish banknotes worth €226.79m and coins worth €123.67m remained unaccounted for.

What do Brian O'Driscoll and Keith Wood make of the Lions squad?

Brian O'Driscoll feels versatility will be a more crucial factor for the British and Irish Lions tour in comparison to international level.

The 2005 Lions captain and Keith Wood joined Off The Ball to share their thoughts on Warren Gatland's 2017 tour selections.

Spotify roll out student price-plan

From today, students can subscribe to Spotify Premium for 50% off in Ireland.

This offer has been in place in the US, UK and Germany for some time but has arrived into 33 other countries, including Ireland today.

Students can subscribe to the Premium service for just €4.99 a month.