Evening top 5: Denis Donaldson murder claims; Irish universities fail to make top 200

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Gerry Adams denies allegations he was involved in murder of Denis Donaldson 

Gerry Adams has said allegations he was involved in the murder of IRA informer Denis Donaldson are "a lie".

A BBC 'Spotlight' programme last night suggested that Deputy Adams gave the go-ahead to kill Mr Donaldson in 2006, because Republican Thomas 'Slab' Murphy wanted him dead.

The Sinn Féin leader has denied all involvement and said the matter is with his solicitor.

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Two women (19, 38) die in road collision in Donegal

Two women have been killed in a road crash in Donegal.

The collision happened on the R252 near Ballybofey at around 4.15pm this afternoon.

The women, aged 19 and 38, died after the car they were travelling in left the road, collided with a pole and came to a stop in a parking area for trucks.

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No Irish university makes the top 200 in the latest world rankings

No Irish university has secured a top 200 spot in a prestigious global ranking, as concern grows over the impact of education funding cuts.

The latest Times Higher Education (THE) list places UCD in the 201-250 band, down from joint 176 last year.

Trinity College was excluded from the league table after submitting incorrect information to THE earlier this year, and in 2015.

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Sean Fitzpatrick pleads not guilty to making misleading statements to auditors

Sean Fitzpatrick has pleaded not guilty to making misleading, false or deceptive statements to auditors Ernst & Young between 2002 and 2008.

The former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank has also denied furnishing false information in relation to multi-million euro personal loans.

An enlarged jury of 15 - eight women and seven men - was sworn in this afternoon but they will not begin to hear evidence until next month.

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NBRU members at Bus Éireann to be balloted for industrial action

Members of the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) at Bus Éireann are to be balloted on industrial action.

The union says the ballot is in response to company plans to turn Expressway services into a "low wage bus service".

The company and union attended talks at the Workplace Relations Commission today.