John Kerry is in Geneva for talks with other dignitaries to try to revive the first major ceasefire of the five-year Syrian war

Talks closer to extending truce to Aleppo - Kerry

13.00 US Secretary of State John Kerry has said talks are closer to extending a Syrian truce to Aleppo, the divided northern city where a sharp escalation of violence in recent weeks has torpedoed peace talks.

Fine Gael's Maura Hopkins won a seat this afternoon

Fianna Fáil take 14 seats in Seanad election

28 Apr Fianna Fáil has secured 14 seats in the Seanad as it becomes clear the next government will have to rely on the support of independents to pass legislation after strong showings for Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and non-party candidates.

Sean Gallagher claims an RTÉ broadcast damaged his chances in the 2011 presidential election

RTÉ seeks to have Sean Gallagher case struck out

28 Apr RTÉ is seeking a motion to strike out a case taken by businessman Sean Gallagher against the broadcaster in which he claims a 2011 Frontline TV debate in the lead up to the presidential election was unfair and damaged his electoral chances.