Evening top 5: AGSI join garda strike; mother jailed for cruelty; and the pound slips to 2010 levels

The top stories this Monday night...

AGSI members of gardaí to go on strike in November

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald says it is "disappointing" that the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) are to go on strike next month.

The Tánaiste also says she "remains focused on finding a pathway to negotiate" with members.

Over 12,000 gardai are expected to withdraw their labour for the four Fridays in November in an unprecedented move.

Waterford abuse case: Mother jailed for 18 months over child cruelty

A woman who failed to protect her son from his abusive father has been jailed for 18 months.

She had claimed his allegations of physical and sexual abuse at the family home in Waterford were all lies.

The woman, who is 37 and cannot be named to protect her son’s identity, was convicted in May on one count of child cruelty.

Two people are killed in German chemical plant explosion

Two people have died after a chemical plant explosion in Germany.

A fire broke out at the BASF plant in the town of Ludwigshafen.

Six people suffered serious injuries, while several others received minor injuries.

The injured were treated directly at the site or at local hospitals. But BASF say two other people are still missing.

Keith Wood: "He was never the fittest or fastest guy, but he was the smartest guy"

Keith Wood and Anthony Foley played together for Munster and Ireland, but before they even reached the highest echelons on the game, they were childhood friends in Killaloe, Co. Clare.

Foley passed away overnight in Paris this weekend, aged 42. He was with the Munster tea, that were scheduled to face Racing 92 on Sunday afternoon in the Champions Cup.

Speaking to The Pat Kenny Show on Monday morning, an emotional Wood remembered the life of the player that was affectionately known to team-mates and friends as Axel.

Pound sterling falls below €1.10 for the first time since March 2010

The British pound fell below €1.10 for the first time in six and a half years, during trading on Monday.

Sterling has been under pressure since Britain voted to leave the European Union.

The pound has fallen by almost 20% against the US dollar since the Brexit vote, trading below $1.22 and €1.10 on Monday, which is its lowest level against the euro since March 2010, according to data from Thomson Reuters.