Evening top 5: Government announces new housing measures; Florida prepares for Hurricane Irma

The top stories this Friday evening...

"What sort of Republic are we?" - Howlin calls for fundamental change in gardaí

The leader of the Labour Party Brendan Howlin says 'fundamental change' is needed in An Garda Síochána.

His comments come as the Central Statistics Office (CSO) says it has further deferred publication of the latest crime statistics.

Separately, a Garda report has found that the force recorded almost 1.5 million fake breath tests.

Housing Minister says 800 extra social homes will be built in 2018

Eoghan Murphy. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

200 extra emergency beds are being made available in Dublin by December, the Housing Minister has announced.

100 of those beds are due to be in place by the end of October.

It's among a number of announcements made by Eoghan Murphy this evening following an emergency housing summit.

Death toll rises after massive 8.1 earthquake off Mexican coast

Authorities in Mexico say at least 58 people are now known to have died after an earthquake hit the country.

A baby whose ventilator stopped working when a hospital suffered a power cut was among the victims.

The magnitude 8.1 earthquake struck shortly before midnight local time.

Hurricane Irma: Major damage in Caribbean as US prepares for potential 'devastation'

A pleasure boat stands next to a destroyed home after the passing of Hurricane Irma, in Culebra, Puerto Rico. Picture by: Carlos Giusti/AP/Press Association Images

Hurricane Irma is going to "devastate" parts of the United States, the country's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has said, as islands in the Caribbean dealt with the aftermath of the destructive storm. 

Irma hovered over the Bahamas and the northern coast of Cuba on Friday.

The storm has been downgraded to a category four but is still packing winds of 250km/h as it rolls ominously towards Florida.

Desmond Tutu urges Aung San Suu Kyi to intervene in Myanmar humanitarian crisis

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has urged fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi to intervene in the humanitarian crisis facing Myanmar.

It adds to the increasing international criticism the de facto leader of Myanmar - also known as Burma - has faced over her handling of the situation facing Rohingya Muslims in the country's Rakhine state.

Today, the UN confirmed that 270,000 people have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar over the past two weeks - more than double their estimate from only a few days ago.