Evening Top 5: Luas strikes cancelled, hundreds of migrants feared dead and bus explosion in Jerusalem

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Luas drivers have called off their planned 48 hour strike this weekend.

Siptu says its to "create space" for talks between ticket inspectors and control room staff who are due to meet Transdev management for talks on pay and conditions tomorrow.

Siptu is also seeking a meeting with the Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe.

Last week, former ICTU secretary-general David Begg told Newstalk Breakfast that there had been a pretty significant escalation of the dispute, and called on Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to tackle the crisis before the parties get too 'dug in'.

21 people have been injured in an explosion on a bus in Jerusalem, according to an Israeli rescue service.

A spokeswoman for the mayor in Jerusalem, said the explosion in an area in the southwest of the city close to the boundary with the Israeli-occupied West Bank, was a bombing.

Speaking to Reuters news agency, she said 'it was small, but it was definitely a bomb.' In addition, the Jerusalem police commissioner said there was 'no doubt' it was a terror attack.

President Michael D Higgins has called on the people of Europe to act with compassion in relation to the ongoing migrant crisis. 

Speaking on the future of the EU in Dublin today, Mr Higgins posed the poignant question as to whether this devastating issue will be defined by barbed wire, tear gas and rubber bullets. 

He also said that some member states took a self-interested stance on this crisis in which more than one million migrants are fleeing war and persecution.

As a result, President Higgins said that Greece, Italy and Malta have been left to rely largely on their own, limited, resources after an EU quota system for migrants was rejected.

The President turned 75 today.

Several hundred migrants are believed to have died after four boats capsized in the Mediterranean.

Italian President Sergio Mattarella said there had been a "migrant tragedy", as unconfirmed reports suggested the vast majority of those on board the vessels were Somalis, trying to cross the sea from Egypt to Europe.

Speaking at a prize giving ceremony in Rome, Mr Mattarella said Europe needed to reflect in the face of "yet another tragedy in the Mediterranean in which, it seems, several hundred people have died".

A Dublin man from the Ballyfermot area has been jailed for five years for obstructing a murder investigation.

Bernard Locke of Ramillies Road, Ballyfermot admitted to stabbing Christopher Jackson 70 times, and is currently serving a life sentence. 

Christopher Jackson’s body was wrapped in bin bags and hidden inside a wardrobe at an apartment on Prussia Street in Dublin in September 2012.

Last November, Bernard Locke's brother Anthony, of the same Ballyfermot address, was found guilty of cleaning the crime scene and helping to hide the body.

The 42-year-old was handed an eight year sentence with the final three years suspended, earlier today.