Evening Top 5: Workers to be auto-enrolled in pension scheme; Ryanair pilots call for talks; "Nothing found" in Deely search

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Government to introduce auto-enrolment pension scheme for all workers

The Taoiseach has announced that all workers will be auto-enrolled into a pension scheme in just over three years time. 

Leo Varadkar used a speech to the employer's group IBEC tonight to announce the centrepiece of an upcoming national pension plan. 

He told the audience that two-thirds of private sector workers in Ireland have no pension, warning that the time bomb must be addressed now. 

“This issue has been long-fingered for too long and now that the economy is recovering strongly we must act decisively and we will publish a five year road-map for pension reform before the end of the year,” he said. 

“This will include introduction of an auto-enrolment pension scheme for private sector workers - two-thirds of whom currently have no occupational pension to supplement their state pension.” 

Gardaí say 'nothing found' as Trevor Deely search in Dublin concludes

A search in west Dublin connected to the disappearance of Trevor Deely has finished, with gardaí saying no evidence was found.

The search was being carried out at a site in Chapelizod.

In a statement, gardai thanked the public for their patience during the search operation.

They said: "Unfortunately nothing that furthers the search for Trevor was located during the search. The site remains closed to the public."

Ryanair pilots call for talks on improved contracts

Ryanair's CEO has said "hell will freeze over" before the company becomes unionised.

Speaking at the Ryanair AGM this afternoon, Mr O’Leary said the airline will hand pilots at its largest bases – Dublin, Stansted, Frankfurt and Berlin – an extra €10,000 a year to retain them and encourage more to locate to these airports.

The offer comes after pilots at bases all over Europe wrote to the airline rejecting an offer of a €12,000 bonus to forgo their holiday entitlements.

It has been reported this evening that more bases have now written to the airline rejecting both the pay proposals and the offer of bonuses.

China orders banks to cut off business with North Korea

US President Donald Trump has outlined further US sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear programme.

Announcing the measures, he said China's central bank has already ordered financial institutions there to stop doing business with North Korea.

The new order will allow the US treasury to target people and companies that finance and facilitate trade with Pyongyang.

He said foreign banks will now face a 'clear choice'

“Do business with the United States or facilitate trade with the lawless regime in North Korea,” he said.

Homeless man dies while sleeping rough in Co Wicklow

It has emerged that a homeless man died sleeping rough in Bray, Co Wicklow at the weekend.

Gardaí have confirmed that the body of the man in his 40s was discovered on Boghall Road early Saturday morning.

It is the fourth death of a homeless person in recent weeks.

Tánaiste Francis Fitzgerald says the latest death is a tragedy.