Evening Top 5: Pat Hickey denied bail; Shane Ross announces inquiry

Friday's top stories

The President of the Olympic Council of Ireland has been denied bail in Brazil.

Reuters report Pat Hickey has now been taken to a maximum security prison, believed to be Bangu Prison, in Rio de Janeiro.

Mr Hickey was questioned by Brazilian police for several hours last night, after being discharged from Samaritano Hospital.


An investigation has been launched after a man's grave was dug up in Tallaght in Dublin.

Michael 'Bobby' Maughan a father-of-four, died in 2008 after suffering from meningitis. This week soil was removed from his plot in the Bohernabreena Cemetery.

Michael's family are involved in an appeal to help find his brother William, who disappeared along with his partner Anna in April last year.


The Sports Minister Shane Ross has announced a non-statutory inquiry to be carried out by a retired Judge into the controversy surrounding sale of tickets for events at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

He has met with the Attorney-General Máire Whelan to seek her advice.

It comes as the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) say they will cooperate fully with any inquiry.


A new campaign has been launched calling for an end to the so-called "baptism barrier" in schools.

The children and family organisation EQUATE is organising the 'Open the School Gate' campaign.

It comes as part of their calls to have legislation changed so children are no longer excluded from schools based on their religion.


With our 2016 Irish Olympians having endured years of sacrifice, training for events that are over in moments, winning an Olympic medal is truly a monumental achievement.

With the current standing of two silver medals, Ireland is ranked 59th in the Rio medal standings, something that all of the island can be proud of. But it turns out there is a fourth medal awarded to sportsmen and women at the Olympic Games, and it’s worth even more than gold, silver or bronze.

Named after the founder of the modern games, Frenchman Pierre de Coubertin, this medal honours athletes who embody and exemplify the spirit of sportsmanship or exceptional service to the Olympics. T