Evening top 5: Homeless figures continue to rise; Irma causes widespread damage in Caribbean

The top stories this Thursday evening...

Ireland is to repay IMF bailout loans early

Ireland is to repay the remainder of its bailout loans early to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Denmark and Sweden.

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe says he spoke to IMF chief Christine Lagarde on Thursday morning, who approved the deal.

Overall this will see Ireland repay a total of around €5.5bn.

Latest figures show number of homeless people continuing to rise

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy. Image: RollingNews.ie

More than 8,000 people were homeless in July, according to new figures.

The data from the Housing Department includes the number of people using state-funded emergency accommodation.

It shows 8,160 people, including 2,973 children, were homeless in July of this year.

The figures come ahead of the Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy's planned emergency summit on housing tomorrow.

Brussels tells London: It is your responsibility to keep Irish border unchanged

The European Commission says it is the responsibility of the UK to protect the Irish border.

Its Brexit Task Force has issued a Guiding Principles paper on Ireland in the context of Brexit negotiations.

The paper adds that the Good Friday Agreement needs to protected "in all its parts" - including the Common Travel Area and avoiding a hard border.

Major damage reported as "apocalyptic" Hurricane Irma hits Caribbean

High winds and rain sweep through the streets of the Matelnillo community during the passage of hurricane Irma, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. Picture by: Carlos Giusti/AP/Press Association Images

Hundreds of thousands of people are being evacuated from their homes in the Caribbean and the US as Hurricane Irma continues to sweep its way towards Florida.

The killer storm has already caused devastating damage to Barbuda, St Martin and the British Virgin Islands, and at least ten people are reported to have died.

Suu Kyi says Myanmar 'trying to protect all citizens' amid humanitarian crisis

Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of Myanmar, has said her government is 'trying its best' to protect citizens amid mounting violence in the country.

The Noble Peace Prize winner has faced international criticism for her handling of the humanitarian crisis facing Rohingya Muslims in the country's Rakhine state.