Sunday Long Reads: Gerry Adams' long week, Grammy nominations & the end of Dundalk's European adventure

Kick back with a cup of coffee and enjoy the best long reads from Newstalk

This week, headlines were dominated by Gerry Adams after both Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin addressed the death of Brian Stack in the Dáil.

In our Long Reads this week, we take a look at the background to this case, and what it all means for the parties involved. 

Elsewhere, this week's Grammy nominations showed just how big an impact streaming has had on the music industry, we ask what next for the Railway Cup and take a look at what awaits Dundalk as they come back down to earth after their Europa League adventures.

Grammy nominations for 2017 show streaming is the real winner

The general conversation surrounding this year's Grammy nominations is a similar one to that of year's gone-by - who deserves what accolade, who was unfairly snubbed, etc.

But the real discussion should be centered on the enormous influence streaming has had on this year's nominees.

Billboard began incorporating streaming data two years ago. The new formula includes data from 1,500 Nielsen SoundScan streaming sources in addition to "track equivalent albums," a formula for counting 10 total song downloads as an album sale.

Are we witnessing the end of the Railway Cup?

While the love for the GAA in this country remains as strong as ever, this year saw outcry from club players who protested the association's packed calendar.

A season which includes club championships across both codes, league campaigns and the all important provincial and All-Ireland Championships, there's little or no room for additional competitions.

So where does the Railway Cup fit in?

Explainer: How Gerry Adams became embroiled in an IRA murder controversy

The controversy over the murder of Brian Stack and its aftermath have dominated headlines this week.

It has led to extraordinary scenes in the Dáil and a series of tense exchanges in the media, but what exactly is the controversy about?

Dundalk's newfound wealth may pose new problems as domestic season looms

Although they dropped out of the competition on Thursday night, Dundalk’s Europa League run has been an incredible leap forward for League of Ireland football on the European stage.

They will now take a small window of time to reflect on another successful season, but perhaps they will also need to ask themselves how they should deal with becoming the biggest fish in the League of Ireland pond.