Evening Top 5: Spanish king condemns separatists; US Police search for Vegas motive; Journalist remanded in custody over sex offences

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Spanish king condemns Catalan separatists in national address

The King of Spain has voiced his commitment to the unity of his country calling the Catalan independence referendum "illegal" and "undemocratic."

King Felipe the sixth was addressing the nation following a day of protests in Barcelona.

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Catalan regional capital, closing metro stations, schools and cafes and blocking roads.

A general strike was also called in the region to protest police brutality in response to the weekend’s referendum.

Trump condemns "sick" and "demented" Vegas shooter as police search for motive

US President Donald Trump has condemned Las Vegas attacker Stephen Paddock as a “sick” and “demented” man as police continue to search for a motive behind the mass shooting.

Paddock had amassed an arsenal of at least 42 guns, explosives and several thousand rounds of ammo, police said.

But why the multi-millionaire property investor, who liked to gamble, carried out the attack on country music fans attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday night remains a mystery.

Exchequer returns leave little space for Budget bonuses

The latest figures from the Department of Finance have shown that the tax take for the first nine months of the year is €212m behind target.

Despite the shortfall, the Minister for Finance has said the exchequer is on course to meet the government's fiscal targets for this year.

The data shows an exchequer surplus of €2.3bn.

It means a year-on-year improvement of €2.4bn - but the figures are underpinned by the sale of some of the state's AIB shares.

The tax shortfall means Minister Donohoe is facing into next week’s budget with less additional funds to play with than the government had hoped.

Court hears Tom Humphries exchanged 16,000 texts with teenage girl

A woman who was sexually abused as a teenager by former Irish Times sports journalist Tom Humphries says the whole ordeal has ruined her life.

Her victim impact statement was read out at the 54-year-old's sentence hearing this afternoon.

Humphries, who was let go by the Irish Times after pleading guilty to these offences last March, first made contact with the girl by text message in 2008 when she was just 14.

Gardaí investigating armed cash-in-transit robbery in Dublin

Gardaí are investigating an armed cash-in-transit robbery in County Dublin this afternoon.

The robbery took place as a security guard was attempting to make a cash delivery to a bank on Main Street in Lucan this morning.

Gardaí said a man armed with a handgun approached the security guard at around 12:20pm and forced him to hand over a cashbox.