Evening top 5: Lenders reveal scale of tracker scandal; Woman's body found in Dublin; New plan to tackle gender pay gap

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Major lenders reveal scale of tracker mortgage scandal

A number of Irish lenders have said they expect to have a majority of customers affected by the tracker mortgage scandal compensated by the end of the year.

Thousands of customers of several Irish lenders were overcharged or wrongly denied a tracker rate.

AIB, Bank of Ireland, Permanent TSB, Ulster Bank and KBC all released statements this afternoon, giving an update on the number of customers affected.

It comes after representatives of the five lenders met with Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe in recent days.

 

Murder investigation underway after woman's body found in Dublin apartment

A murder investigation is underway after a woman was murdered in Dublin on Tuesday night.

The 37-year-old was killed at an apartment after a suspected domestic incident.

At around 11.30pm on Tuesday gardaí in Mountjoy got a call about an incident at the Dorset Square Apartments on Gardiner Street Upper.

Arriving at the scene they found a 37-year-old French woman and a 35-year-old Brazilian man with serious injuries.

Abortion committee hears Eighth Amendment should be repealed - and not replaced

The Oireachtas abortion committee has heard that medics need the Eighth Amendment to be repealed - and not replaced.

The cross-party group has been hearing about risks to the mental health of pregnant women this afternoon.

Previously the committee voted not to retain the Eighth Amendment in full - however, it could yet recommend that the amendment be changed or replaced.

Consultant Psychiatrist Veronica O'Kane warned that retaining part of the amendment will be no help to vulnerable women.

New plan will force companies to reveal gender pay gap data

Irish companies may soon have to publish the difference in earnings between their male and female employees.

The Labour Party has said its Gender Pay Gap Information Bill has now received cross-party support.

If enacted, the bill would oblige larger companies to publish transparent gender pay data - highlighting any existing gender-based pay discrepancies

The bill passed Committee stage in the Seanad this evening.

HSE apologises following stillborn death at Cavan hospital

The HSE has apologised for the shortcomings in care provided to a woman from Smithboro, County Monaghan that led to the death of her baby son.

Baby Padraig was stillborn at Cavan General Hospital on June 28th 2009 after staff failed to monitor his heartbeat properly.

The apology was read out in the High Court as part of the settlement of an action brought by his parents Agnes McArdle and Finbar McElroy.

Their solicitor Shane Kennedy made a brief statement on their behalf outside court afterwards.