Evening top 5: Government to defeat water motion; mother jailed for cruelty; and great-grandmother denied wedding licence

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Government set to defeat water charges motion after junior minister pledges support

The minority Government looks set to defeat an opposition motion on water charges on Wednesday, despite uncertainty about a junior minister and what Fianna Fáil would do.

Independent TD and Minister of State John Halligan will now support the Government, after earlier suggesting he might side with the opposition.

And Fianna Fáil says it will not support the motion put down by Sinn Féin and other opposition TDs.

Woman convicted of cruelty against her son at their Waterford home

A mother has been found guilty of cruelty against her son after he was locked into a wooden box at their home in Co Waterford.

The boy, who is now 12-years-old, was taken into care in 2011 and is now receiving specialised treatment in the UK.

The jurors heard harrowing evidence during this seven-week trial - the most distressing of which came from the testimony of the boy himself.

UK restaurant owner guilty of manslaughter after customer died from peanut allergy

The owner of a British curry house where a customer died eating food containing peanuts has been sentenced to six years in jail for causing the man's death.

Mohammed Zaman was found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence when a customer with a severe peanut allergy died after eating a takeaway - even though the diner had insisted his meal must be nut-free.

Paul Wilson suffered a severe anaphylactic shock after ordering the meal from the Indian Garden restaurant in North Yorkshire.

Manchester United and Louis van Gaal release statements as manager's departure confirmed

Manchester United have confirmed the departure of manager Louis van Gaal after two seasons in charge.

An announcement has been expected throughout the day but the club finally confirmed the decision in a short statement released on the club's website.

Swiss court denies wedding licence to great-grandmother and her 21-year-old lover

A Swiss court has refused to issue a marriage licence to a 71-year-old great-grandmother and the 21-year-old Tunisian fiancé she met on Facebook.

Despite their protests that their love is genuine, a judge in the canton of Vaud concluded that the man was merely attempting to marry his way into Switzerland.

Despite their 50-year age gap, the woman told Swiss newspaper 20 Minutes that she had truly fallen for the man, who she met when he was 18 on the social network.