Evening top 5: Varadkar talks Brexit border; no water compensation; and electric bills going up

The top stories this Friday night

Ireland will not help design post-Brexit border it does not want - Varadkar

Former Northern Ireland First Minister David Trimble has said Taoiseach Leo Varadkar should "go away and calm down" and reconsider his comments on an Irish border.

Mr Varadkar says it is not up to Ireland to re-design the new border after Brexit because Brexit is not Ireland's idea.

In his strongest-worded comments yet, Mr Varadkar said leaving the European Union was not an Irish policy and it was not up to Ireland to design the solution to Britain's departure.

No State compensation for businesses affected by water outage

The Housing Minister has warned that the Government will not be providing any compensation to businesses affected by the water crisis in the North East.

The water supply is slowly returning to normal in Louth and Meath after a week of disruption.

This morning, Irish Water said Duleek, Stamullen and the coastal areas of Laytown, Bettystown, Mornington, Donacarney and Grangerath should all have close to normal mains water supply today.

Uniformed PSNI officers to march in Pride parade for the first time

Police officers in Northern Ireland are to march in an annual Pride parade in uniform for the first time.

The festival runs there from July 28th until August 6th.

Three PSNI vehicles have also been designed in rainbow colours to highlight hate crime.

Kenneth Egan has an interesting theory about today's surprise Carl Frampton news

Carl Frampton had been due to to return to the ring this Saturday in his home city of Belfast for a WBC title eliminator against Andres Gutierrez.

The fight was an opportunity for Frampton to bounce back having lost his WBA Featherweight belt to Gutierrez's Mexican compatriot Leo Santa Cruz in a rematch.

Unfortunately for Frampton, he weighed one pound over the featherweight limit and as a result it will no longer be a WBC title eliminator for him, although it will be for Gutierrez, should he win, as the fight will go ahead.

Electricity bills set to increase as PSO levy goes up

The Commission for Energy Regulation has announced an increase in the Public Service Obligation (PSO) levy.

It is going up by just over 30%, which will mean an increase of around €24 per year including VAT.

The new total levy will now be €104.74 per year, up from €80.30.