The Evening Top 5: Michaella McCollum released from Peruvian prison, 12,000 Tesco staff to vote for strike action

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Michaella McCollum released from prison in Peru

Michaella McCollum has been released from prison in Peru, her solicitor has confirmed. The Co Tyrone woman was convicted in 2013 of trying to smuggle cocaine worth €1.8 million euro to Spain and received a six-and-a-half year sentence. In a statement, Kevin Winters says Michaella was released at 5pm yesterday following a successful application for parole.

WRC's Kieran Mulvey has 'no intention of standing down'

The Head of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) says he has no intention of standing down, despite calls from SIPTU's President for him to resign. A war of words has broken out between the WRC's Kieran Mulvey and SIPTU's Jack O'Connor over the Luas dispute. The Luas dispute is ongoing with two more strike days this weekend, after drivers overwhelmingly rejected a proposed deal last week. Mr Mulvey used an interview this morning to suggest SIPTU dropped out of contact after drivers turned down the deal.

"He's like a spoiled little kid"- Nate Diaz gives his take on the UFC's decision to grant Conor McGregor a rematch

Nate Diaz has branded Conor McGregor a "spoiled little kid" after the featherweight champion was immediately granted a rematch against the Stockton fighter. Speaking to Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sport, Diaz claimed that McGregor enjoys preferential treatment from the UFC and that he himself has received no plaudits from the organisation for submitting the Irishman in the second round of their bout earlier this month.

More than 12,000 Tesco workers to be balloted for industrial action

More than 12,000 Tesco workers are to be balloted for industrial action. Their union Mandate says the company refused to accept a Labour Court recommendation on wage increases and is attempting to force significant pay cuts on staff. The Labour Court said all Tesco workers are entitled to a 2% pay rise and share a bonus payment. However, the supermarket giant has told more than 1,000 workers here they will not be getting the pay rise - and will instead face cuts of at least 15%.

Fools' paradise: How April 1st became the hoodwinking holiday

They actually come earlier than April, these days. Pranks and paltry attempts to hoodwink and trick, and make thicks of all of us. Hardly surprising, really, given that a well-timed and clever April Fools can live on for years afterwards, perennial clickbait whipped out at the dawn of summer time. “The person who writes for fools is always sure of a large audience,” said Arthur Schopenhauer, the German philosopher, credited with inventing viral content. Well, that last part is a lie, but that’s the point of today, no?