The RAF said long-range search radars detected the two Russian Tu-95 "Bears"

IAA confirms Russian jets flew in Irish airspace

16.46 The Irish Aviation Authority has confirmed two Russian military aircraft, shadowed by a number of British fighter jets, flew through Irish controlled airspace off the west coast on Wednesday.

Seán Barrett said that the decision he took was not influenced by any letter from Alan Shatter

Barrett denies Shatter influenced debate decision

15.22 Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett has said his decision to cancel a Dáil debate on the creation of a commission of inquiry into allegations of malpractice in a garda division was not influenced by any letter from Alan Shatter.

The task force follows a ruling by the Equality Tribunal, which found NUIG discriminated against a female staff member

NUIG appoints new gender equality task force head

15.52 National University of Ireland Galway has appointed a former Vice-Provost of Trinity College to chair a new task force that will advise the university on policies related to achieving gender equality in academic staffing.

Galway University Hospital staff voted in favour of industrial action earlier this month over working conditions

News in Brief

17.05 A round up of stories from Ireland and around the world.

The 19-year-old demanded to address the nation apparently about a conspiracy theory

Dutch TV station gunman had no terrorist links

14.24 A man who forced his way into the studios of Dutch national broadcaster NOS and demanded to go on live television had no known links to terrorist organisations and acted alone, police said today.

Police believe both men may have been involved in an altercation in a nearby flat that spilled onto the street

Man being detained over Belfast murder

14.59 A suspect arrested following the murder of a Pakistani man who was stabbed to death in Belfast yesterday is being detained using mental health legislation.

Colleen McCullough died yesterday at the age of 77

Anger as obituary labels author plain, overweight

11.47 There has been widespread criticism of The Australian newspaper, after it printed an obituary for internationally acclaimed author Colleen McCullough that described her as "plain of feature" and "overweight".

Graham Dwyer denies murdering Elaine O'Hara in August 2012

Dwyer trial hears O'Hara's keys found in lake

29 Jan A garda has told the Central Criminal Court that he found a set of keys linked to Elaine O'Hara in Vartry Reservoir in Co Wicklow, three days after her remains were found in the Dublin Mountains in September 2013.

Footage aired on Dutch TV showed the man pacing in the studio

Gunman arrested after disrupting Dutch news

29 Jan A man wielding a pistol forced his way into the studios of the Dutch national broadcaster NOS this evening demanding to be allowed to go on air, but was quickly arrested.

Hostage Kenji Goto's wife urges Jordan and Japan to work for his release

Wife of Japanese hostage pleads for his release

29 Jan The wife of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, who is being threatened with execution by Islamic State militants, broke her silence today hours before the deadline for a hostage swap that could save his life.

Original reports about the dog were not accurate (Pic KWWSPCA Facebook page)

Reports about dog 'cooked alive' not accurate

29 Jan A volunteer with Kildare and West Wicklow Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has said some reports regarding the discovery of a dog in Kildare are not accurate and had been misinterpreted.

The court heard Ian Bailey was viewed as someone who could not keep his mouth shut around gardaí

Bailey detective accused of ignoring witnesses

29 Jan The detective who arrested Ian Bailey in 1997 on suspicion of murdering Sophie Toscan du Plantier has said if he had not made the arrest he would have been failing the victim, failing himself and failing the people of west Cork.