Video: Liz Truss resigns as UK prime minister, Gerry Hutch trial continues

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Kenneth Fox

Truss resignation

Liz Truss has announced her resignation as British prime minister, a mere 44 days after taking office.

A leadership election in the Conservative Party will be completed within the next week, with Graham Brady, chair for the party's 1922 Committee confirming the contested should be concluded by October 28th.


Among those expected to stand in the leadership contest are Rishi Sunak and Penney Mordaunt, both of whom Ms Truss defeated in this summer's leadership contest, in addition to her predecessor in the role, Boris Johnson.

On the prospect of Mr Johnson's return, The Times political editor Steven Swinford tweeted: "He's taking soundings but is said to believe it is a matter of national interest." Meanwhile, The Telegraph cited a source reporting Mr Sunak is "certain to stand" in the contest.

Hutch trial

Three AK-47 assault rifles were found in the boot of a car following "an intervention" by gardai just a month after Kinahan cartel member David Byrne was fatally shot in the Regency Hotel, the Special Criminal heard on Thursday.

Inspector Padraig Boyce was giving evidence at the trial of Gerard 'The Monk' Hutch (59), last of The Paddocks, Clontarf, Dublin 3, who denies the murder of Kinahan gang member Mr Byrne (33) during a boxing weigh-in at the Regency Hotel on the Swords Road, Whitehall, Dublin 9 on February 5th, 2016.


Mr Byrne, from Crumlin, was shot dead at the hotel in Swords, Co Dublin, on February 5th 2016 after five men, three disguised as armed gardaí in tactical clothing, stormed the building, which was hosting a boxing weigh-in at the time. The victim was shot by two of the tactical assailants and further rounds were delivered to his head and body.

Sinn Féin accusations

Sinn Féin has accused Taoiseach Micheal Martin of “false promises” over his commitments on energy disconnections this winter.

Finance spokesman Pearse Doherty also criticised the Government for being “painfully out of touch” over the difficulties faced by people across the country.

Mr Doherty made the remarks as he reiterated the party’s call for a ban on energy disconnections this winter.


The Taoiseach said earlier this month that the Government will not allow people on pay-as-you-go meters to be cut off over the winter.

Noel Duggan funeral

The funeral mass of Clannad co-founder Noel Duggan has been told that he may have died, but his music will always live on.

Mr Duggan, 73, passed away suddenly in the West Donegal village of Loughanure on Saturday evening last while out with friends.

He was one of the co-founding members of the iconic band who toured the world for more than 50 years since they formed in 1970.


A large crowd turned out at St Mary's Church in Derrybeg, Gaoth Dobhair for the late musician's funeral.

Assault trial

Two men accused have been sent forward for trial for assault and violent disorder over an incident where Alanna Quinn Idris and a teenage boy were injured in Dublin.

The then 17-year-old girl was left with a shattered tooth, broken cheekbones and a ruptured eyeball following an assault at the Civic Centre, Ballyfermot, on the night of December 30th.

Alanna, now 18, underwent several operations to fix her eye socket and lost her sight in the injured eye.

In January, Darragh Lyons and co-accused Jack Cummins appeared at Dublin District Court and were granted bail subject to conditions.

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