Evening top 5: Population of Ireland rises to 4.76m; Pieta House to take over Console services

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Census 2016: Population of Ireland rises to 4.76m

The population of Ireland has risen to 4.76 million people according to preliminary Census 2016 results released this morning.

This figure marks an increase of 169,724 people since the last Census conducted in 2011.

Dublin and commuter belt towns of Meath, Kildare and Laois, and the cities of Cork and Galway showed the largest population increases, while Donegal, Mayo and Sligo were found to be the only counties to witness a decline.

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Pieta House to take over Console services

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Staff at Console are to be made redundant on Friday after a liquidator was appointed to the beleaguered charity.

The charity's services have been taken over by Pieta House, which will enter discussions with Console staff about offering them contracts.

As well as Console's 24-hour helpline, Pieta House will also take over the charity's Suicide Bereavement Liaison Service and its Suicide Bereavement Counselling Service.

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WATCH: Chris Froome runs up Mt Ventoux after losing bike in collision

There were incredible scenes today at stage 12 of the Tour de France as a collision with a cameraman on a motorbike caused Chris Froome to be knocked from his bike.

The current Tour de France champion appeared to have surrendered his yellow jersey this afternoon with defeat on Mont Ventoux, after being forced to run for some distance up the mountain.

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From getting stuck on a zip wire to posing with a Kalashnikov: Boris Johnson's history of gaffes

Boris Johnson joins a rugby tournament in Tokyo during an October 2015 visit | Photo: PA Images

Boris Johnson, a maverick with a history of diplomatic blunders, is a huge gamble by British Prime Minister Theresa May as her Foreign Secretary.

His catalogue of gaffes - of which the most spectacular was his zip-wire fiasco during the 2012 London Olympics - could fill a slapstick movie: "Carry On Boris". 

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How much can you save by doing your grocery shopping in Northern Ireland?

A full grocery shopping trip in Northern Ireland is around 15% cheaper than an almost identical shop in the Republic.

Supermarkets across the border have long had a reputation for being significantly cheaper than their southern equivalents - and Newstalk’s Henry McKean decided to put that to the test.

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