Evening top 5: Seanad nominees criticised; family refuse council house; and cashing in on Trump

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Opposition hits out at "old backroom deals" in Seanad nominations

Sinn Féin has criticised the 11 nominations to the Seanad by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Six of those appointed are former Fine Gael TDs, while five are Independents from civil society.

It has also emerged that three of the appointees were by Fianna Fáil leader, Micheál Martin.

Mr Kenny has appointed five former TDs who lost their seats in the February election, and one who did not even contest that poll.

Family refuse four-bedroom council house due to "lack of a garden"

A family refused to move into a four-bedroom council house because it had no garden and was next to a busy road, the High Court has been told.

John Paul Doyle and his wife Frances, who have six children, have been ordered to leave a vacant council house owned by Longford County Council they had occupied without permission.

How time flies: Aer Lingus celebrates its 80th birthday

Aer Lingus is celebrating 80 years of flying, having launched its first ever flight from Baldonnel to Bristol on May 27th, 1936.

To mark the milestone, Aer Lingus has flown the Iolar to Bristol once again, 80 years later.

It is a replica of the a six-seater De Havilland 84 Dragon, which made that first journey with only five passengers.

Player Ratings: Robbie Brady and Harry Arter shine to give Martin O'Neill food for thought

Martin O'Neill will have learned a lot from tonight's game and players on the periphery of the squad pulled out all the stops to make a late case for their inclusion in the final panel.

Shane Long's first half goal set Ireland on their way and good performances from Harry Arter, Robbie Brady and Shane Duffy will give O'Neill a positive selection head ache. Deflating to concede in the last ten minutes, just shows that this Irish team needs to learn to keep concentration for a full 90 minutes.

Inside the Halloween mask factory in China banking on a Trump victory

Neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton, the presumptive candidates who will go head to head in November’s US presidential election, have managed to work up much love among American voters, with both potential leaders having the lowest favourability ratings in recent history.

But in a Chinese factory, they’re putting a smile on many faces – at least 500,000 of their own.