Morning top 5: Simon Harris to meet HSE on trolleys; and Arlene Foster won't step down as First Minister

Your need-to-know stories this Wednesday morning...

Minister for Health Simon Harris is to meet the HSE tomorrow to discuss the record level of people on trolleys at hospitals around the country.

The daily count hit 612 yesterday and Mr Harris will meet management in the health service for a further update later.

Meanwhile, the body representing nursing homes says they've a key role to play in solving the trolley crisis.

Tadhg Daly from Nursing Homes Ireland is welcoming a pledge from Minister Harris to look into working with them on the issue.

"We're happy to engage with himself [Harris] and his department and the HSE to alleviate the crisis that's in the hospitals at the minute."


Arlene Foster saID she won't be stepping down as Northern Ireland's First Minister - and is ready to face the electorate if necessary.

Sinn Féin - which shares power with her - has urged Mrs Foster to stand aside during an investigation into a botched renewable energy scheme.

It could cost taxpayers £400 milllion - however, the Deocratic Unionist leader said she will not bow to Republican pressure.


New laws to clamp down on drink-driving could be introduced this year, as Minister for Transport Shane Ross called the issue a "huge problem" in the country.

In an interview with the Irish Examiner, Mr Ross believes "dramatic ways" of tackling the issue could be needed, like changing penalties and offence times.

He also described the spike in road deaths last year as "calamitous".

187 people died last year - 25 more than in 2015.


Investigations are continuing after a woman was stabbed in the neck yesterday, during an attempted mugging by another woman in Drumcondra.

The 36 year-old victim was taken to the Mater Hospital for treatment but her injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

No arrests have been made and Garda are appealing for witnesses to come forward.