The top four things you need to know – Wednesday 11th January

The SDLP is proposing changes to the election of a Speaker in the North to unblock the Stormont impasse.

It hopes to end the one-party veto that has, as it says, “frustrated the democratic wishes of the people of Northern Ireland.”

The North has been without a government since last May’s election, when the DUP refused to re-enter power-sharing because of the Brexit protocol.


Over 1,800 official complaints were made against Gardaí last year.

They include 14 allegations of sexual offences, which were lodged with the Garda watchdog, Gsoc.

But the provisional figures show only 12 breaches of discipline were identified last year.


It’s expected the Minister for Children will warn colleagues this morning it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find accommodation for refugees.

Roderic O’Gorman is likely to tell the Cabinet he expects many hotels currently under contract with the Government will revert to tourism in March and April.


Colin Farrell has been awarded a Best Actor gong at the Golden Globes.

It was one of a hat-trick of accolades for the Irish film ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ which was among the big winners at the ceremony in Beverly Hills.

The movie which was filmed on Achill Island in Co. Mayo also won Best Picture – Musical or Comedy and Best Screenplay for writer Martin McDonagh.


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