Evening top 5: Raids on insurance firms; Trudeau in Dublin; and unemployment falls

The top stories this Tuesday night

Raids carried out on a number of insurance companies and brokers

The European Commission says its officials carried out unannounced inspections at the premises of Irish motor insurance companies.

It is part of an investigation into alleged price fixing.

The commission says it has concerns that the companies involved may have engaged in anti-competitive practices in breach of EU antitrust rules "that prohibit cartels and restrictive business practices and/or abuse of a dominant market position".

The officials were accompanied by counterparts from the Irish Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC).

Charity warns against using bedsits in housing crisis

The housing charity Threshold says the housing crisis will not be solved by bringing back bedsit accommodation.

Housing Minister Murphy has indicated that scrapping the bedsit ban is among the measures under consideration - along with other ideas such as a tax on vacant properties and scrapping the 'help-to-buy' scheme.

In comments quoted by The Irish Examiner, Minister Murphy said the bedsit idea is currently just a suggestion, but noted: “I think it’s important that, when I approach this review, I don’t take anything off the table too soon until I’ve looked at it properly to see if it could be part of the solution."

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau honoured at official dinner in Dublin Castle

The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been honoured at an official dinner in Dublin Castle as part of his two-day visit to Ireland.

Earlier, he and his wife Sophie met President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina at Áras An Uachtaráin.

Mr Trudeau signed the Visitors Book, with the message: "May we ever be united as friends and welcomed as family."

He also met An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, and the two leaders took time out to go for a jog in Dublin's Phoenix Park.

Jamie Heaslip: "Take Sonny Bill, I doubt he meant to go in and smash him in the head but that's what happened"

Former Lions number 8 Jamie Heaslip believes Sonny Bill Williams didn't mean to hit Anthony Watson high at the weekend but given the speed the game is played at - it is almost impossible to cut out those errors.

The major talking point from the match was the red card received by Williams midway through the first half.

Referee Jerome Garces had little hesitation brandishing a red despite the reluctance of his touch-judges to back his decision.

Unemployment drops back in June

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) say the unemployment rate fell last month.

The seasonally adjusted rate for June 2017 was 6.3%, down from 6.4% in May.

This was down from 8.3% in June of last year.

The number of persons unemployed was 139,400 in June, down from 140,300 when compared to the May figure.