Evening top 5: Rail strike appeal; no new inquiry for Stardust; and Twitter gets bigger

The top stories this Tuesday night

Taoiseach calls on all sides in rail dispute to return to talks

The Taoiseach has called on all sides in the rail dispute to head to the Labour Court to resolve the ongoing strike.

Thousands of commuters faced a longer than usual journey home - as Iarnród Éireann workers engaged in the second of five planned stoppages as part of a dispute over pay.

There are three more planned days of industrial action in the coming weeks.

Report into Stardust fire evidence finds 'no new inquiry is warranted'

A prominent campaigner for the Stardust families has spoken of her heartbreak after an independent report into the tragedy found that 'no further new inquiry is warranted' into the tragedy.

The blaze at the Dublin nightclub in 1981 took the lives of 48 people, and relatives of the victims have long called for a fresh public inquiry.

The Government earlier this year agreed to order a new review of the evidence surrounding the fire.

Twitter expands new 280 character limit globally

Social media site Twitter has announced it is rolling out a new 280 character limit for users around the world.

The website launched a test phase back in September a small percentage of users.

The company says: "Our goal was to make this possible while ensuring we keep the speed and brevity that makes Twitter, Twitter."

PICTURES: Christmas windows unveiled at Arnotts department store

Dublin's iconic department store, Arnotts, has unveiled its 2017 Christmas windows.

Each year, the story in the Christmas windows begins in the North Pole and this year is no different - with more animation and interaction than ever.

This year, Arnotts says the Christmas windows are all about 'Santa Mail' and tell the story of the journey taken by letters sent to Santa.

Fossils of one of man's earliest ancestors found in England

Researchers say fossils of the oldest mammals related to mankind have been discovered in England.

The find was made on the Jurassic Coast of Dorset.

The two teeth are from small, rat-like creatures that lived 145 million years ago.