Evening top 5: No "physical infrastructure" on border; Gas supply returns to Galway City; Senior Gardaí admit scandals have damaged force

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May insists there will be no "physical infrastructure" on border

The British Prime Minister has insisted her government will never accept any physical infrastructure on the Irish border.

Speaking in Florence, in what is regarded as potentially her most important speech since taking office, Theresa May set out her vision for a future partnership between the UK and the EU.

She called for a transition deal to be put in place while the details of Britain’s final exit from the bloc are hammered out.

Customers in Galway City safe to turn on gas supply

Customers in Galway City are now safe to resume using their gas supply, according to Gas Networks Ireland.

In a statement, the company the supply has been restored throughout the city including Oranmore and Salthill.

The supply has also returned to Claregalway.

“Customers in these specific areas may now turn gas on at the meter and return to normal use,” said a company spokesperson.

British Prime Minister's speech "does not clarify" Irish border issue

The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator has again called on Britain to set out how it hopes to protect the Good Friday Agreement following Brexit.

This afternoon, Michel Barnier warned that the British Prime Minister’s landmark speech on Brexit failed to provide any clarity on the issue of the Irish border.

In a wide-ranging speech to European leaders in Florence this afternoon, Theresa May insisted her government will never accept any “physical infrastructure” on the border.

Senior gardaí admit breath test scandal has damaged reputation of force

Senior gardaí admit the fake breath test scandal has 'damaged the reputation' of the force.

Management has been speaking as 181 new gardaí pass out at Templemore this afternoon.

In a speech to the new members of the force, Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan acknowledged the recent controversies in the force - saying he understood that some new members may be feeling a "little apprehensive" about the future. 

It comes as the process to find a new Garda Commissioner continues following the recent retirement of embattled Noirín O'Sullivan.

No discrimination in new auto-enrolment pension scheme, Doherty says

Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty says there will be no discrimination in the new auto-enrolment pension scheme.

Two-thirds of people in the workforce have no provision for a private pension when they retire.

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says a five year plan on reform of the system will be unveiled before the end of the year.

"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 told an IBEC conference on Thursday.