Evening top 5: Hundreds dead after Sierra Leone mudslide; Trump doubles down on Charlottesville comments

The top stories this Tuesday evening...

Mayo gardaí investigating death of man found with head injuries

An investigation is underway into the death of man following an incident in Co Mayo over the weekend.

On Saturday, Joseph Deacy (21) of St Albans in England was discovered outside a house at Gortnasillagh, Swinford with apparent head injuries.

He was later moved to Beaumont Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on Sunday evening.

Hundreds of bodies recovered following Sierra Leone mudslide

The mudslide site in Freetown, Sierra Leone, 14-08-2017. Image: Xinhua/Liu Yu

Hundreds of bodies have been recovered from a mudslide in the outskirts of Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown.

Heavy rains and flooding early on Monday morning led to the collapse of a mountainside in the town of Regent on Monday – burying dozens of houses.

Almost 400 bodies have been recovered, as the search & rescue operation continues.

Several people killed by falling tree at Portuguese festival

At least 12 people have been crushed to death and 52 others injured by a falling tree at a festival in Portugal.

TV footage from Madeira showed emergency workers gathered under a group of tall trees near the Portuguese island's capital, Funchal.

The tragedy happened during the Celebration of Our Lady of the Mount festival, which is the island's biggest annual celebration.

Trump doubles down on 'both sides' criticism of Charlottesville violence

Picture by: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP/Press Association Images

Donald Trump has doubled down on his claims that 'both sides' bear responsibility for the violence in Charlottesville over the weekend.

In a heated press conference, the US president claimed an 'alt-left' was also acting violently while counter-protesting against a group of right-wing demonstrators.

Leo Varadkar to make official visit to Canada next week

The Government has confirmed Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will make an official three day visit to Canada next week.

The trip will begin on Sunday August 20th with a bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Montreal.