Evening top 5: Male patient dies following ambulance fire; Dublin Bus services stop ahead of strike

The top stories this Thursday evening...

Dublin Bus services stop ahead of latest 48-hour strike

Dublin Bus services stopped at 9pm tonight ahead of the latest 48-hour strike by drivers.

Work stoppages are planned for tomorrow and Saturday, as well as 13 more days across this month and next.

No Dublin Bus routes, sightseeing tours or Airlink services will operate, while Nitelink buses will not run on either Friday or Saturday night.

Male patient dies following ambulance fire at Naas General Hospital

A male patient has died following an ambulance fire at Naas General Hospital in Co Kildare.

The incident occurred at around 2pm at the entrance to the Accident & Emergency Department, when there was an explosion at the rear of the ambulance.

Gardaí say a male patient - who was in his 70s - was in the ambulance at the time of the fire and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two ambulance staff also received 'minor injuries'.

Government to provide 200 extra emergency beds for rough sleepers before 2017

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney has reiterated his commitment to ending the use of hotels for homeless accommodation, except in limited circumstances, by mid-2017.

Mr Coveney was speaking at a briefing to provide an update on the progress of a major plan against homelessness, launched two months ago.

The event came just days after a report showed that over half of people in emergency accommodation have been homeless for more than two years.

Conor McGregor targets lightweight strap as UFC 205 card takes shape

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Conor McGregor is continuing to hold out for a chance to become the first fighter in UFC history to hold two belts in different weight classes concurrently.

The 28-year-old has spoken time and again of his desire to fight for the lightweight title and currently is champion of the featherweight division.

TV personality CJ de Mooi arrested over alleged murder

Former panellist on TV quiz showEggheads, CJ de Mooi, has been arrested in connection with an alleged killing over 20 years ago.

He was detained under a European arrest warrant at Heathrow Airport on Wednesday.

De Mooi, who lives in Monmouthshire, Wales with his civil partner Andrew Doran, is wanted over an alleged killing in the Netherlands.