Morning top 5: Record hospital overcrowding in first-third of 2017; Concerns raised over greyhound stadium sale

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The first four months of this year saw the worst over-crowding in our hospitals since records began.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation says over 36,000 patients waited on trolleys for an in-patient bed in the first third of the year.

The situation improved slightly in April when almost 7,200 patients waited on trolleys - that's a 12% improvement on April 2016.

The union's "Trolley Watch" figures were released as the INMO prepares to open its annual delegate conference in Wexford later today.


Concerns have been raised over a deal by the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) to sell the Harold's Cross Stadium in Dublin to the Department of Education.

It was closed last February because of financial difficulties.

It's expected a number of schools are to be built on the site, subject to a review.

However Labour TD Alan Kelly says the Greyhound industry is being run into the ground and the sale raises serious questions about the use of taxpayers’ money.

Deputy Kelly said the greyhound industry is being “run into the ground” and called it “incredible” that the site was sold without a public tender process.


The Dáil will vote tomorrow on new rules that would oblige all TD's to stand up for the house's opening prayer.

It follows last night's debate on a proposed new format that also includes 30 seconds of silent reflection.

Some left wing TD's say having a Christian prayer no longer reflects a multi-cultural Ireland – with a number insisting they will break Dáil rules by refusing to stand.


Hillary Clinton's been going into more detail about why she thinks she lost the US presidential election.

The Democrat feels she was on track - until interference by Russian hackers.

She also thinks she was derailed by a letter that confirmed the FBI had reopened an investigation into her use of a private email server.


President Michael D. Higgins will lead the annual 1916 Commemoration Ceremony in Arbour Hill today.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will join him for the event at the Church of the Most Sacred Heart in Dublin.

A wreath to commemorate those who died in 1916 will also be laid.