Evening top 5: Flanagan addresses garda overtime bill; homeless deaths; and Irish Stock Exchange sold

The top stories this Wednesday night

Garda overtime bill to exceed €130m for 2017, Justice Minister says

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has said the overtime budget in An Garda Síochána will be "over" €130m for 2017.

He said Budget 2018 provides for just under €100m in overtime next year.

Minister Flanagan said: "I want to be clear: there is absolutely no absolute ban on garda overtime in the period leading up to Christmas."

It comes amid criticism from the Garda Representative Association (GRA), who warned that any cut to overtime is "like an early Christmas present" for criminals.

WATCH: First national standard list of recyclable items unveiled

The Government has published the first ever single, national standard list of recyclable items.

The Department of the Environment says this will eliminate the confusion that currently exists around what goes into a recycle bin and the materials that should not.

However a number of items have been excluded from the national list.

Charity "deeply saddened" following second homeless death in Dublin

A leading homeless charity has said it is "deeply saddened" to hear of a second homeless death on the streets of Dublin.

The Peter McVerry Trust was reacting to the news that a man who had been sleeping rough near the Four Courts in the city centre passed away on Monday night.

The charity said the man was a Lithuanian national who had been engaging with homeless outreach teams for some time.

PICTURES: Seven puppies rescued after being smuggled from Ireland to the UK

Seven puppies have been rescued at Fishguard Port in Wales as part of a multi-agency operation tackling the illegal puppy trade.

They were discovered in the early hours of Thursday morning.

The puppies - two foxhound-type and five cocker spaniel-type dogs - were found in two crates in the boot of a car.

Irish Stock Exchange is sold to Euronext for €137m

The Irish Stock Exchange (ISE) based in Dublin has been sold to pan-European exchange Euronext for €137m.

The company already runs the exchanges in Amsterdam, Brussels, Lisbon, London and Paris.

Euronext says it has acquired of 100% of the shares and voting rights of ISE.