Evening top 5: Dubai crash-landing, Dublin Mountains deal and disappointing tax revenues

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Four Irish on board Emirates flight that crash-landed at Dubai Airport

A firefighter has been killed responding to a plane that crash-landed at Dubai airport and became engulfed in fire.

The 300 people on board, including four Irish people, were evacuated safely before the Emirates jet was engulfed in a fireball. 

Emirates airline chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum told a news conference that 14 people were taken to hospital as a result of the landing. 


Plans to sell 5,000 acres of the Dublin Mountains are scrapped

A plan has been agreed that will see almost 5,000 acres of land in the Dublin Mountains bought by the Government.

The Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs has reached a deal to purchase 4,900 acres of the Dublin Uplands, an area known popularly as the Featherbeds.

This land will be added to the Wicklow Mountains National Park, expanding the total size of the park to 22,000 hectares.


Clinic announces first Irish birth of baby conceived from frozen egg

A baby conceived from frozen eggs has been born to a Dublin woman, in the first birth of its kind in Ireland, according to a fertility clinic.

The woman gave birth to the child this weekend after being implanted with eggs that had been frozen a number of years earlier.

The ReproMed clinic in Dublin said the birth demonstrates the viability of egg freezing as an option for women who wish to delay childbirth.


'Repeal the 8th' mural goes back up in a new location

A replica of the 'Repeal the 8th' mural, that was removed recently from Temple Bar, has been put up  at Blackhall Place in Dublin.

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties erected two exact replicas of the mural at its Dublin offices after the original artwork was painted over due to complaints.

The original piece was displayed on the side of the Project Arts Centre in Temple Bar - but was removed following complaints that the facility did not have planning permission for the artwork.


Tax revenues fail to meet July expectations

New Exchequer figures show that the State took in €98 million less than expected in July.

The takings were over 2% off target for the month, with the Department of Finance putting it down to an underperformance in VAT receipts as consumer spending took a dip.

VAT was €61m below a €1.83 billion target, while corporation taxes and excise duties also failed to meet expectations.