Evening Top 5: Liam Cosgrave dead at 97; Taoiseach slams "unwarranted" Apple decision; Students protest in Dublin

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Former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave dies aged 97

The former Taoiseach and leader of Fine Gael, Liam Cosgrave has died aged 97.

Cosgrave led the government elected in coalition with the Labour Party in 1973.

His four year term lasted until 1977 when Fianna Fáil swept to a landslide victory under Jack Lynch.

Born in 1920 Mr Cosgrave was first elected to the Dáil in 1943. He became Fine Gael party leader in 1965.

Taoiseach slams “unwarranted” and “unnecessary” Apple decision

The Taoiseach has labelled the decision to refer Ireland to the European Court of Justice as “unwarranted” and “unnecessary.”

Leo Varadkar was speaking in the Dáil after the European Commission said Ireland has been too slow in collecting €13bn in back taxes from Apple.

The Commission concluded in August 2016 that Ireland's tax benefits to Apple were illegal under EU state aid rules.

The ruling is being appealed by the Irish Government and by Apple.

Trump commends "tremendous bravery" of Vegas victims

US President Donald Trump has met some of the hundreds of people shot in the Las Vegas massacre and commended their "tremendous bravery."

He also praised the "professionalism" of hospital staff who worked to save victims of Sunday night's mass shooting, saying they did an "indescribable" job.

The US leader and First Lady Melania Trump have visited one of the city's hospitals, the University Medical Centre, where some of the wounded were taken.

Thousands march for investment in third-level education

Thousands of students have taken part in a major demonstration outside the Department of the Taoiseach in Dublin.

Organisers said 20,000 people took to the streets calling for a return to publicly-funded third level education.

The marchers also voiced their opposition to plans to introduce a student loans scheme in Ireland.

Charity claims eight allegations of child sex abuse were not pursued

A sexual abuse charity says it is worried sex offenders are continuing to pose a risk to children, despite concerns being raised about them.

One in Four says it notified the child and family agency Tusla of 91 child abuse allegations last year and 12 victims agreed to make full statements.

It claims eight of these allegations were either not investigated or were deemed "unfounded".

Three investigations are ongoing and only one case came back as "founded."