The Evening Top 5: Teen dies in motorcycle crash; Hundreds of homes without power for Christmas

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Gardai have launched investigation following a crash which claimed the life of a teenage motorcyclist.

The collision happened on Cherry Orchard Avenue just before 8am this morning.

The male teen was taken by ambulance to St James's Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. A second motorcyclist was injured, but is said to be in a stake condition.

The Garda Ombudsman Commission is appealing for witnesses to an early morning crash in Dublin to come forward.

GSOC is investigating the incident involving a motorcyclist and Garda car at about 5 o'clock this morning in the Summerhill area.

The injured motorcyclist is in a critical condition with serious head injuries in Beaumont Hospital.

Hundreds of households in parts of the country are in the dark this Christmas night - as ESB crews work to restore power.

The company says it is aware of a number of faults affecting homes in Roscommon and Cork, while a few families in Celbridge, Kildare, have reportedly cooked their Christmas dinner on barbecues.

Met Éireann has issued a yellow weather warning for Munster and Leinster with up to 40 millimetres of rain predicted.

Panti’s Queen of Ireland Christmas Day message reflects on a year of monumental change in the country – urging people to continue to “cherish all the children of our nation equally”.

In the speech, which aired on TV3 this afternoon, the gay rights activist acknowledged Ireland’s Marriage Referendum on May 22nd - describing it as “the closest thing to an apology” for the treatment of Irish LGBT people throughout our nation’s history.

British astronaut Tim Peake gave an unsuspecting woman a shock after dialling the wrong number and saying: "Hello, is this planet Earth?"

Major Peake, who is spending six months on the International Space Station, has apologised and insisted it was not a prank call.