Morning top 5: Cabinet to discuss Garda controversy; Bus Éireann strike enters fifth day

The top stories this Tuesday morning...

The Cabinet is expected to discuss the Garda breath test controversy when it meets this morning.

Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan says an internal investigation will get to the bottom of how figures were exaggerated by almost a million, and insists she will stay in her position to continue a programme of reform.

Opposition parties are still deciding on how they'll respond to a motion of no confidence in the Commissioner being put forward in the Dáil by Sinn Féin.


The Northern Ireland secretary will update politicians later on efforts to restore a power-sharing executive.

He has decided to give the parties more time for talks to try to reach a deal.

The DUP and Sinn Féin have blamed each other for creating a deadlock.


The Bus Éireann strike has entered its fifth day, amid fears it could spread to Dublin Bus and Irish Rail.

Bus Éireann management is suggesting it may be forced to make compulsory redundancies if unions do not agree to cost-cutting measures.

The NBRU says "all bets are off" if the company tries to axe jobs in the troubled company.

SIPTU is ballotting its members at Dublin Bus and Irish Rail on taking industrial action in support of Bus Éireann workers.


Naval Service divers will resume their search at the Rescue 116 crash site later today.

The recovery team is trying to raise the wreckage with flotation devices to check for signs of the two crew men who are still missing.

Experts in the UK, meanwhile, are continuing efforts to download data from the Coast Guard helicopter's black box.


The Scottish Parliament is expected to pass a vote in favour of seeking another independence referendum later.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon believes Scotland should decide again on breaking away in light of Brexit, and wants to hold another vote between autumn 2018 and spring 2019.