The Evening Top 5: Gardai appeal for witnesses after a human torso is found in suitcase; Luas strike talks to commence this week

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"It is a very brutal crime" - Gardaí appeal over dismembered body found in suitcase

Gardaí investigating the discovery of a man's body in a canal in Co Kildare over the weekend have launched a fresh appeal for information in an effort to identify where the man was killed.

Luas operator to attend talks to discuss impending strike action

Luas operator - Transdev - have agreed to attend talks at the Workplace Relations Commission in an effort to prevent the threatened stoppage to Luas Services next month. SIPTU members served notice of action on the company amid a dispute over pay and conditions.

Taoiseach calls for overhaul of laws allowing the monitoring of journalist's mobile phones

The Taoiseach has added his voice to calls for an overhaul of the laws allowing the Garda Ombudsman to monitor the phones of journalists. He said that while there might be good reason to monitor phones in cases involving national security, surveillance is not warranted in cases where journalists are dealing with sources.

Mother of woman with Down Syndrome who was raped gives victim impact statement

A woman with Down Syndrome says she is too scared to go out on her own since she was lured back to a Dublin flat and raped in June 2013. Faisal Ellahi, a Pakistani man who moved to Ireland over 10 years ago, was convicted following a five-week trial that finished up just before Christmas.

"A slap in the face to our proposals" - GPA reveal disappointment with GAA Council

The ‎Head of Communications of the Gaelic Players Association (GPA) has expressed his disappointment with the GAA Central Council motions on championship structures which ignored the type of proposals which have been long called for. One of the GPA proposals made last year which received the backing of the vast majority of inter-county squads (31 of 32 in fact) was a Champions League-style restructuring of the All-Ireland championship.