Evening top 5: Justice Minister on appointment of Máire Whelan; 34 arrested in Waterford

The top stories on Newstalk.com this evening

The Justice Minister said it would be unconstitutional for him to discuss how three High Court judges were overlooked for a new job, in favour of the former Attorney General.

Charlie Flanagan says cabinet discussions around who to nominate for judicial roles are covered by Cabinet confidentiality.

He's been speaking tonight as the Dáil holds an unscheduled question-and-answer session about Maire Whelan's controversial nomination to the Court of Appeal.

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The Housing Minister says he will announce plans tomorrow to speed up the exit of homeless families from emergency accommodation.

Eoghan Murphy has met with the heads of the 4 Dublin local authorities to see if a target of removing people from hotels and B&B's can be reached.

It comes after a Dublin hotel was served a closure order from Dublin City Fire Brigade after families were found living in the under-developed site.

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Thirty four people have been arrested by Gardaí as part of Operation Thor in Waterford.

The crime preventing crack-down comes as part of ongoing investigations into recent burglary, theft, criminal damage, assault and violent disorder incidents in the Waterford city.

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A quarter of a million euro worth of high value luxury items have been seized by detectives as part of a major investigation in Northern Ireland.

A large diamond, and a quantity of cash was also found.

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Today was the hottest day of the year so far with temperatures reaching - in excess of - 28 degrees.

However cooler weather is on the way from tomorrow with some rain predicted.