Evening top 5: Jobstown charges to be dropped; Taoiseach urged to abandon tax cuts; Legendary commentator dies aged 82

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Charges against remaining Jobstown accused to be dropped

The prosecution of the five remaining Jobstown accused is set to be discontinued.

Solicitor Michael Finucane - who represents the five men - told Newstalk that he received a letter from the Director of Public Prosecutions this afternoon confirming the move:

"The DPP has confirmed that A Nolle Prosequi is to be entered on the next court date in respect of the charges facing my clients," he said.

"Essentially that means the charges are being discontinued." 

Taoiseach urged to abandon tax cuts in favour of increased spending

The Taoiseach has moved to defend the government’s plan to introduce income tax cuts in the upcoming budget.

Fine Gael wants to widen income tax bands so that middle income earners do not hit the highest rate of tax too early.

The move has the support of business group IBEC – however it seems set to cause friction with Fianna Fáil, which is set to insist on a cut to the Universal Social Charge.

Labour leader Brendan Howlin meanwhile said the proposed changes to either income tax or the USC would be regressive measures providing only marginal relief for the people they are designed to help.

Councillors call for urgent review of fire safety following Dublin blaze

A fire safety audit is due to be carried out at a flat complex in Dublin following a blaze that left a mother and three children in hospital.

Two of the family members – a woman in her 30s and her eight-year-old son – received critical injuries in the fire at Tyrone Place in Inchicore.

Two other siblings were injured but one has since been discharged from hospital.

Yesterday, gardaí said they are treating the blaze as suspicious.

 

Detectives launch triple murder investigation into 1987 fire in Kildare

Gardaí have made a major breakthrough in three cold case deaths in Co Kildare.

20-year-old Barbara Doyle and her two young nieces Mary Ellen and Kerrie Byrne died in a fire in Kilcock on this day in 1987.

Barbara had been babysitting while the two girls' parents - Aidan (now deceased) and Elizabeth - went to a 21st party in the area.

The fire was reported between 3.00am and 4.00am on September 20th.

Sports commentator Jimmy Magee dies aged 82

Tributes are being paid to sports commentator and journalist Jimmy Magee, who has died at the age of 82.

The veteran broadcaster had been ill for some time.

He was born in New York City and raised in Co Louth.

He joined RTÉ in 1956 and commentated on 11 Olympic Games and 12 World Cups.

He began his career in broadcasting as a reporter for the radio programme 'Junior Sports Magazine'.