Evening top 5: Brazil suspends ticket touting hearing; Kate O'Connell "spitting fire" over Halligan; and unions warning to RTÉ

The top stories this Thursday night

Brazil's Supreme Court suspends hearing in which Kevin Mallon was due to give evidence

The Supreme Court in Brazil has granted an injunction to suspend the Rio de Janeiro court hearing in which Kevin Mallon was due to give evidence as part of his ongoing trial for alleged ticket touting and other crimes during last year's Olympic Games.

THG executive Mr Mallon and former OCI President Pat Hickey were due to appear in a Rio de Janeiro court on November 29th, at what is known as an "Instruction and Judgement" hearing, where the judge would hear witnesses for both prosecution and defence.

Both men were legally required to attend the hearing, as part of a bond contract each signed in order to have their passports returned, enabling them to leave Brazil late last year.

Fine Gael TD says she is "spitting fire" over John Halligan interview controversy

Fine Gael TD Kate O'Connell says she is "spitting fire" over the John Halligan controversy.

It comes after compensation of €7,500 was awarded to a woman who was asked by the Independent Alliance Minister of State about her family circumstances in a job interview.

Minister Halligan asked the female public servant if she was married and had children.

Labour Court preparing recommendation to resolve Irish Rail dispute

The Labour Court is preparing a recommendation to assist in resolving the industrial dispute at Irish Rail.

Talks between management and unions took place at the Labour Court earlier on Thursday.

No more monkeying around as wild animals banned from Irish circuses

A ban on the use of wild animals in circuses has been announced.

The Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed signed the regulation this afternoon, announcing that it will come into effect in the new year.

He said there was widespread public support for the move, which applies to wild animals such as camels and tigers.

Unions warn RTÉ against conducting review of orchestral services

SIPTU and the Musicians Union of Ireland (MUI) have warned management of State broadcaster RTÉ against a review of its orchestras.

The unions say RTÉ could face "significant opposition" to the process.

The broadcaster has announced independent review of its orchestral services.