Evening top 5: At least 58 dead in Vegas attack; Jobstown charges dropped; Tom Petty fights for his life

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At least 58 people killed in Las Vegas shooting

Police say more at least 58 people have been killed and 515 injured after a shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas.

It is believed the gunman opened fire on the crowd from a room in the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

Police have named him as local resident Stephen Paddock (64).

Paddock is not believed to be connected to any militant group and US Homeland Security says there's no 'specific credible threat' to other public venues.

DPP drops charges against Jobstown defendants

The DPP has dropped all charges against 10 people arrested following a water charge protest in Jobstown in Dublin in November 2014.

A charge of criminal damage remains in relation to one man and he is due to appear in court again next month.

The decision comes following the acquittals of Solidarity TD Paul Murphy and five others who were accused of falsely imprisoning Joan Burton and her adviser.

This afternoon at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court lawyers for the DPP told the court they were entering a “nolle prosequi” – essentially discontinuing the prosecution against the remaining defendants.

Ireland will not recognise Catalan independence result

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said his Government will not be recognising the result of an independence referendum in the Catalonia region of Spain.

Preliminary results show that 90% of those who voted in the referendum backed leaving Spain, Catalan officials say.

Catalonia's government said that of the 2.2 million voters who were able to cast ballots in the banned referendum, two million voted for independence.

Regional president Carles Puigdemont said Catalonia had "won the right to become an independent state", adding he would keep to his vow to declare independence unilaterally if separatists win more than 50% of the vote.

Authorities urged to consider lower speed limits in urban areas

Local authorities are being urged to reduce the speed limit to 30kph in certain areas in an effort to save lives.

Campaigners have warned Ireland is falling behind Europe in setting 30 kph zones in towns and cities around the country.

Meanwhile recent research by the RSA found that almost six-in-10 drivers break the speed limit in urban areas.

However, Conor Faughnan, director of consumer affairs with the AA warned that the 30kph zones should only be introduced in appropriate areas.

US singer Tom Petty fights for his life

Legendary singer Tom Petty is fighting for his life following a heart attack, according to reports in the US.

The 66-year-old singer was rushed to hospital after being found “unconscious, not breathing and in full cardiac arrest” according to entertainment news site TMZ.