Evening top 5: Luas strike changes, fears for Debenhams jobs and Alan Shatter challenge

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Luas drivers change strike times to avoid disrupting exam students

Luas drivers have rescheduled a series of planned work stoppages so as not to inconvenience Leaving and Junior Cert students.

Drivers are due to hold six further strike days next month in a dispute over pay and conditions. 

Trade union SIPTU said it has changed the times of four-hour strikes planned for June 8th, 9th and 10th of June to prevent clashes with exam timetables.

There will be an abortion referendum "in the coming years" - Paschal Donohoe

A Fine Gael minister has said he believes there will be a referendum on abortion in the coming years.

But newly appointed Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Paschal Donohoe told Newstalk he is "certain" the 8th amendment will go before a Citizen's Convention first.

It comes as the United Nations again criticised Irish abortion laws, saying we need to comply with international standards by making terminations available to women in cases of rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormalities.

Suspended sentence for NAMA official who disclosed confidential information

A former National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) official has been handed a two year suspended sentence for passing on confidential information.

Enda Farrell, from Dunboyne in Co Meath, was responsible for the valuation of properties taken on by the agency.

This case was the first of its kind to become before the courts.

Debenhams staff worried as company's beleaguered Irish arm goes into examinership

The High Court has appointed an interim examiner to Debenhams Retail (Ireland), as the UK department store chain attempts to restructure in an effort to save its Irish business.

Some 1,415 people currently work across the 11 store locations operating in the Republic. The outlets will remain open and continue trading while the business is in examinership. 

Trade union SIPTU, which represents around 40 Debenhams staff, is now seeking an urgent meeting with management to discuss their members' concerns.

Taoiseach asked to end state's legal defence of Guerin report

Former justice minister Alan Shatter has asked Taoiseach Enda Kenny to withdraw the state's legal defence in his case over the Guerin report.

The former Fine Gael TD is appealing the High Court's refusal to quash parts of the now discredited report into the handling of complaints by whistleblower Maurice McCabe.

A second report into claims of garda malpractice and corruption in the Cavan-Monaghan division published yesterday found Mr Shatter had taken Mr McCabe’s allegations “very seriously”.

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