Evening Top 5: Schools to close as ASTI strike action goes ahead; Central Italy rocked by two earthquakes

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Schools across the country to close tomorrow as ASTI proceed with strike action

Schools across the country will be closed tomorrow after talks between the Department of Education and the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) ended without agreement this afternoon.

A government statement said both sides have agreed to continue talks on Friday “with a view to agreeing a series of further engagements next week.”

The department said it had been informed by school management bodies that 507 schools will close tomorrow with 228 remaining open.

Claire Daly launches Dáil tirade against judge who issued warrant for her arrest

Independent TD Clare Daly has used Dáil privilege to criticise the judge who oversaw a case against her in the District Court.

A bench warrant was issued for Deputy Daly’s arrest earlier this month when she failed to appear in court over an alleged speeding offence.

The Independents 4 Change TD said she had travelled to Naas District Court to answer the summons but left when she saw her name at the bottom of the list - with a large number of people before her.

Rome shaken as powerful earthquakes hit central Italy

The historic centre of Rome has been shaken by two strong earthquakes just months after a powerful tremor killed nearly 300 people in central Italy.

A quake measured at 6.0 magnitude by the U.S. Geological Survey struck about two hours after a first quake measuring 5.4 struck.

Both were strong enough to be felt more than 150 km south in Rome, where lamps swayed on the upper floors of building.

Irish Navy rescues 120 as 2016 is confirmed as deadliest ever year for migrants in Mediterranean

The Irish navy has today rescued more than 120 people from the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya.

Responding to a request from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre, the LÉ Samuel Beckett located and rescued approximately 122 people on board a rubber vessel 37 nautical miles from Tripoli.

More than 3,800 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean this year making 2016 the deadliest ever year for the crossing - with two months still to go.

EFL Cup Fourth Round Wrap: Man United edge the derby

Manchester United are through to the last eight in the EFL Cup as they got the better of local rivals Man City in tonight's League Cup tie at Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho's side advanced to the quarter-finals after a battling 1-0 win over Pep Guardiola's City.

Juan Mata's goal in the 54th minute was enough for United to secure victory over a second-string City side.