Peter Robinson is due to meet David Cameron tomorrow

UUP decision 'irresponsible' - Robinson

12.55 Northern Ireland First Minister and DUP leader Peter Robinson has called the decision by the Ulster Unionist Party to leave the Northern Ireland Executive irresponsible and illogical.

Cigarette butts, sweet papers and chewing gum most common forms of litter

Dublin city centre near bottom of litter rankings

11.29 Killarney is the cleanest town in Ireland according to the latest survey on litter, but Dublin city centre has dropped down the rankings and sits near the bottom of the table of 40 towns and cities.

The HSE said there is a lead-in time to the recruitment of new staff, particularly for scarce clinical staff

HSE requires 'significant extra investment'

14.18 HSE Director General Tony O' Brien has said frontline health services require significant extra investment "to begin to repair the impact of six to seven years of austerity and move towards acceptable levels of service".

Two Japanese tourists have been missing since 22 August

News in Brief

10.59 A round-up of other Irish and international stories

The lawyers of one of the whistleblowers wrote to the Garda Commissioner expressing concern over the investigation

Garda led inquiry into colleague despite warning

30 Aug A senior garda was appointed to lead an internal inquiry into a high-ranking colleague, despite Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan being warned a year earlier over alleged links between the two senior officers.