Evening top 5: Citizens' Assembly gets underway; famous win for Connacht

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Taoiseach calls for dignified debate as Citizens' Assembly holds its first meeting

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has described issues due to be discussed by the Citizens' Assembly, including abortion, as "deeply complex, hugely challenging and profoundly ethical".

Mr Kenny was addressing the group's inaugural meeting in Dublin Castle this afternoon.

"Your work in addressing and achieving this vital consensus on behalf of us all will affect - indeed profoundly affect -  how we live our individual lives and our national life in the Republic in the years to come," he said.

Sturgeon vows to keep Scotland "at the very heart" of Europe

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has vowed to keep Scotland “at the very heart” Europe and re-iterated her belief that "Scotland will one day become an independent country."

Addressing the Scottish National Party (SNP) conference in Glasgow, Ms Sturgeon vowed to avoid "the fate of a hard Brexit."

Ms Sturgeon said she would work “with others across the political divide” to “try to save the UK as a whole” from that fate.

Irish Defence Forces personnel honoured for humanitarian efforts

Members of the Irish Naval Service have been honoured for their efforts in the mission to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean Sea.

The Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Paul Kehoe made the presentation to 54 crew members who served on the L.É. Eithne at a ceremony in Rosslare this morning.

The crew members are the first to receive the Defence Forces International Operational Service Medal which recognises the service of Defence Forces personnel who have served on overseas missions.

"I'm extremely proud of the province" - Pat Lam reacts to Connacht's comeback win over Toulouse

Pat Lam has spoken of his pride at the way Connacht fought back to claim a famous win over Toulouse in the Champions Cup.

They had beaten the French side away from home in the 2013-14 season, but trailing at the break this time out they battled back from a 21-11 deficit to win by two points at the Sportsground.

The manner of the victory and the way they closed out the game once they had hit the front particularly pleased Lam as he spoke to Newstalk Sport's Dave McIntyre after the game.

Major airlines ban Samsung Note 7

Singapore Airlines and Italy's flagship airline, Alitalia have become the latest to ban Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 from all flights.

The US Department of Transport has banned the devices from all air transportation “to, from, or within the United States.”

Samsung recently “permanently discontinued” the Note 7 device following complaints of exploding batteries.