The Evening Top 5: Norris calls for no alcohol with social welfare; weather warnings in place

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People on social welfare should not be allowed buy alcohol, says Senator

Senator David Norris has been accused of hypocrisy after suggesting that people on social welfare payments should not be allowed to buy alcohol.

The Independent Senator says he welcomes the introduction of minimum pricing for alcohol announced earlier this week.

But he says he does not want to fund a round of drinks for people on welfare with his tax money.

His comments come as Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) is to be introduced from January - meaning a 'floor price' is being set, beneath which alcohol cannot legally be sold.

Senator says recent RTÉ Investigates programme was "complete entrapment"

Independent Senator David Norris has hit out at a recent RTÉ programme, which saw councillors requesting money in exchange for helping get planning permission for wind farms.

The documentary broadcast on Monday contained footage of three county councillors - who appeared to accept offers of money or future investment in return for help with the planning process.

One councillor resigned from Fianna Fáil as a result, while Donegal and Monaghan councils are investigating the appearance of two independent representatives in the documentary.

50mm of rain expected to fall in the next 24 hours

Weather warnings for more rainfall are in place across the country tonight.

An Orange alert for rain is in place in counties Clare, Cork and Kerry while a yellow warning is underway elsewhere.

There are fears of further flooding along the Shannon - particularly in the Midlands and Mid-West as water levels in the river's basin are continuing to rise.

Up to 50mm of rain is expected to fall on Saturday, with the worst of the weather in Clare, Cork and Kerry.

There will be prolonged falls of very heavy rain expected overnight Friday and during Saturday, bringing further flooding.

The warning will remain in place until midnight on Saturday.

U.S. police officer found guilty of 18 counts of rape and sexual assault

On June 17th 2014, Officer Daniel Hortzclaw pulled over a 57-year old daycare worker and molested her during what the driver assumed to be a routine traffic stop.

The Oklahoma City law enforcer then ordered the driver to perform intimate sexual acts on him, while he held his gun in full view of the victim.

The next day, the victim reported the crime to local police, and Officer Hortzclaw was arrested and the sex crimes division were soon able to connect Hortzclaw to a series of sexual attacks in the city across seven months in 2013 and 2014 while the officer worked the 4pm to 2am shift.

Hortzclaw was subsequently fired from the force in January of this year, and was accused of 36 charges including rape, sexual battery, indecent exposure and burglary. Thirteen separate victims reported how Hortzclaw had consistently isolated and assaulted them, before threatening them into remaining silent about the attacks.

Another SOS note claiming to be from a Chinese prisoner is found in Primark socks

A note allegedly from a worker in a Chinese factory, who claims to have been falsely imprisoned and tortured, has been found in a sock in a Primark store in the UK.

It is the latest in a series of similar notes. Several of those notes, including a note found in Dublin earlier this year, tell the story of a man falsely imprisoned by local officials and forced to work in a factory in China’s Anhui province - with his family members also imprisoned and tortured.