Evening top 5: Garda Commissioner 'not privy to' actions targeting whistleblowers; Longford plant to cease operations

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Longford plant to cease manufacturing operations with loss of 170 jobs

Workers at the Cameron manufacturing plant in County Longford have been informed that operations will cease “by Christmas” with the loss of 170 jobs.

A company statement cited a severe downturn in the oil and gas industry as the reason for the closure.

Garda Commissioner was 'not privy to' any actions targeting whistleblowers

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The Garda Commissioner has denied any knowledge or involvement in a campaign against a whistleblower in the force.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny earlier indicated that a judge could be appointed to examine the new claims by garda whistleblowers.

Mr Kenny confirmed yesterday that Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald recently received correspondence from a number of gardaí under whistleblowing legislation.

Richard Dunne puts his focus on the bench as he looks ahead to Ireland's Georgia match

Richard Dunne is hoping more depth can be added to the Ireland squad during the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

While a strong starting XI has been taking shape, the ability to bring on impact substitutes would boost the team and it's something ex-Ireland centre-back Dunne discussed as he spoke to Off The Ball and ex-international team-mate Kevin Kilbane.

Robot assisted surgery: "You could be in New York and operate on a patient in Europe"

We've heard a lot in recent times about the advancements in technology across many sectors, but this December a new form of robotic assisted surgery will begin in Beacon Hospital in Dublin. The robot, called "Da Vinci", has been used on 3 million patients around the world, including hospitals here in Ireland. 

It has just arrived into Beacon, ahead of its launch in December, and I went out to take a closer look at the device in action. 

EU considering giving every new 18-year-old an InterRail pass for their birthday

Not long after the Italian government started its new programme offering 18-year-olds the chance to spend €500 on culture, the news has emerged that the EU is considering offering every teenager celebrating his or her 18th birthday the chance to travel across the continent by train for free.