Evening top 5: Dallas shooting, new Denis O'Brien claims and Dáil business delayed

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Dallas police shooting: Suspected gunman served in Afghanistan

The alleged gunman behind a deadly attack in Dallas that killed five police officers has been named as 25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson.

The Afghanistan war veteran told a police negotiator he was upset at white people and wanted to kill them, especially white officers. 

Dallas police chief David Brown described the shootings, which also left seven officers and two civilians wounded, as a "well-thought-out evil tragedy".


Catherine Murphy makes new Denis O'Brien claims in the Dáil

The Dáil has heard new allegations about businessman Denis O'Brien's relationship with the former Anglo Irish Bank.

Speaking under Dáil privilege, Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy claimed IBRC accepted a personal guarantee from the businessman to issue a loan to a property developer, despite having concerns about existing loans to both men.

Deputy Murphy claimed Mr O'Brien acted as a guarantor in order to secure a bridging loan for Paddy McKillen, when both owed large amounts to the bank.


Poll shows Leo Varadkar as most popular choice to take over Fine Gael leadership

Government Chief Whip Regina Doherty has said Taoiseach Enda Kenny should clarify when he will begin the Fine Gael leadership process.

It comes after an Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll published this morning showed Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar is the most popular choice to succeed Mr Kenny.

The Dublin West TD, who said yesterday that he would "love to lead" Fine Gael, insisted today that there is no vacancy for the position at present. 


Shortage of TDs leads to delay in Dáil business

Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl has hit out at tardy TDs, after Dáil business was delayed because not enough deputies were present.

Today's sitting was due to begin at 10.30am but only got underway at 11.10am as there were too few members in the chamber.

Dáil rules require a minimum of 20 TDs to be present before business can start - but for half an hour, only 15 were present.


Gardaí appeal for information on NI-registered car seen leaving scene of Dublin shooting

Gardaí investigating a shooting in a Dublin housing estate earlier this week have said they are following “several hundred lines” of inquiry.

Christopher Maguire (38) was shot several times at Dun Emer Place in Lusk at around 9.50am on Tuesday. He was rushed to Beaumont Hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

A white Volkswagon Golf was seen leaving the area and discovered burnt out on a nearby road, Kilhedge Lane, a short time after the shooting.