Evening top 5: Further remains found in Wicklow Mountains; Charges dropped against one Jobstown defendant

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Third set of remains found in Wicklow mountains

Gardai have confirmed that a third set of remains, believed to be human, have been found in the Wicklow Mountains.

The latest discovery was made at Glenmacnass Waterfall. The find is close to where a male torso was found on Saturday night.

Earlier, Gardaí said the first two sets of remains belonged to the same person.

 

New scheme to make it easier for artists to access social welfare

Professional artists will have easier access social welfare supports under a new scheme announced today.

The initiative - which is being introduced on a pilot basis for 12 months - applies to visual artists and writers.

Under the scheme, the Department of Social Protection will provide for the classification of self-employed professional artists, and assist those who apply for jobseeker's allowance.

 

Jobstown trial: Charges dropped against one defendant

The charges have been dropped against one of seven men on trial for the alleged false imprisonment of former Tánaiste Joan Burton.

Ken Purcell of Kiltalown Green in Tallaght in Dublin was also accused of falsely imprisoning her adviser during a protest in Dublin.

There was applause in court when Judge Melanie Greally told Ken Purcell he was to be discharged from the indictment and is free to go.

 

Price range announced for AIB shares

The expected price of AIB shares has been announced by the Finance Minister Michael Noonan.

Noonan says they should float at between €3.90 and €4.90 per ordinary share. That values the bank at between €10.6bn and €13.3bn.

The government is planning on selling off 25% of AIB, with the flotation due to take place on the Dublin and London stock exchanges on June 23rd. 

 

Over 200 arrested in Russian anti-corruption protests

Over 200 people are believed to have been detained in anti-corruption protests across Russia on Monday. 

Dozens of protesters were held in the centre of St Petersburg, and more than 50 others were arrested by riot police near Pushkin Square in Moscow.

As demonstrators were taken away, hundreds of others shouted slogans such as "Putin is a thief" and "Shame!". Police in Moscow had gas masks and witnesses say pepper spray was used.